The 31st annual Sugarplum Ball, Voodoo Bayou Ball, was held Friday, March 16. Gregor Fox graciously opened his home to Children’s Hospital and a sell-out crowd of 683 guests. The house and grounds of the First Street mansion, the former home of novelist Anne Rice, were festively decorated with a Louisiana swamp theme.
Sugarplum Ball co-chairs Erin Luetkemeier and Holly Gordon, along with their committee, prepared for the last 10 months to ensure the ball would generate funds and awareness for the hospital’s emergency transport program. With ambulance, fixed wing and the only pediatric medical helicopter in Louisiana, the transport team is able to quickly reach sick and injured children, carrying them to the hospital where they can benefit from the services CHNOLA provides.
Restaurateur Ralph Brennan, a member of the hospital board of trustees for the past 19 years – chairman in 2002 – was honored at this year’s gala. During his leadership, the hospital has benefitted from his vast business background, and he has played vital roles with acquisitions and changes that the board has faced.
Thank you to everyone involved in making the Voodoo Bayou Ball a smashing success and for your support of Louisiana’s only full-service medical center designed specifically for children.