Parents, alumnae, faculty/staff and friends of St. Joseph’s Academy gathered on campus on the evening of October 26 for The SJA Soirée: A Redsticker Thursday Night. The Academy’s premier fundraising event was enjoyed by more than 400 guests and raised money for campus-wide enhancements to benefit the young women of SJA.
Guests enjoyed a night of live and silent auctions, raffles, games, bourbon and sparkling beverage tastings, great food and drinks by area restaurants and caterers and live music by the Peyton Falgoust Band. The Fife Student Commons and Investar Quad provided a wonderful new venue on a warm and breezy autumn evening.
St. Joseph’s Academy owes a debt of gratitude to the individuals and organizations who sponsored The SJA Soirée: A Redsticker Thursday Night. Sanctity-level sponsors were Audi Baton Rouge, Franklin Press and The Jenkins Family. Joy-level sponsors were Capitol City Produce, Qtego Auction Services and The Heck Family. Action-level sponsors were SEMS Inc., Fusion BCB Architects and Bayou Automotive.
Red-level sponsors were Belle Amour Wedding + Events, Brian and Tiffani Dorsa, Sarah and Greg Fautheree, Firequest, Johnson Controls, Dr. Jimmy Lalonde and Dr. Elise Scallan, Manasseh, Gill, Knipe & Bélanger, Palm Family Dentistry, Relief Windows and The Womack Family.
White-level sponsors were Bofinger’s Tree Service, Brown Rogers Physical Therapy, CAFA, Decision Critical, Milton and Christine Dureau, Grace Hebert Curtis Architects LLC, G.L. Sullivan Sr. Contractor, Quanah and Christian Hall, Hannis T. Bourgeois, Linda Messina, Murphy Law Firm, Blair and Jim Purgerson, Raymond James & Associates Inc., Kristy Roubique ’76, SAIA Electric Inc., School Time Uniforms, Sherman & Balhoff Orthodontics, Trichell Law Firm, Vector Security and Workshop 31 Twelve - Interiors by Sara Brignac.
Participating restaurants and caterers were Serop’s Café, Eliza Restaurant & Bar, Mestizo Louisiana-Mexican Cuisine, SAGE Dining Services, Monjunis Italian Café & Grocery, Cannatella Grocery, Walk On’s Sports Bistreaux, Culinary Productions Catering & Event Planning, Barracuda Taco Stand, Hanley’s Foods, Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers, Chow Main, Rocco’s New Orleans Style Po-Boys & Cafe, Ichiban Japanese Grill & Sushi Bar, Tredici Bakery, BRQ Seafood & Barbeque, MoMo Tea and LA Fine Eats.
Bourbon-testing donors were Catering Cajun, Dr. Robert Edwards, Bob Murthy and Joli Bryan Designs.
The Soirée planning committee was chaired by Sara Brignac and co-chaired by Shannon Hultberg. They were joined by Robyn Ray Richards ’00 (sponsorship coordinator), Kim Morgan (silent auction chair), Lindsay Morgan Duncan ’00 (silent auction committee), Kristi Spinosa (silent auction committee), Bridgette Homer (silent auction committee), Nicole Tarleton (silent auction committee), Lauren Coco (live auction chair), Michelle Mitchell (silent and live auction committee), Tina Rispone (silent and live auction committee), Amy DeJean (silent and live auction committee), Angela Begue Hammett ’92 (mystery box chair), Katie Jeter Valenciano ’04 (restaurant chair), Kim Kwan (restaurant co-chair), Tara Aucoin (restaurant committee), Lana Malone (beverage chair), Mercedes Dooley (beverage committee), Catherine Long Alford ’01 (beverage committee), Beth Couvillion (beverage committee), Missy Heck Brown ’94 (dream vacation raffle chair), Marcy Prejean Maurer ’91 (decorations chair), Molly Clark Mayeaux ’07 (volunteer coordinator), Nicole Jones ’16 (marketing co-chair), Fallon Gerald Tullier ’16 (marketing co-chair), Julie Brabetz Perrault ’91 (decorations committee), Corrie Maddox Hester ’91 (decorations committee), Meg Gerald (advisor), Jennifer Knight (advisor) and Suzie Toups Adler ’85 (advisor).
Mindy Brodhead Averitt
Photos by Kleinpeter Photography