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Paint the town green gala

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Raintree Children and Family Services’ Paint the Town Green Gala held its annual celebration for donors and supporters to help the organization continue its mission of providing needed services to at-risk children and youth and offering growth opportunities through three main programs: Raintree’s Therapeutic Group Home Placement Program, Therapeutic Foster Care Program and Early Steps Program. It was the organization’s first in-person event since before the COVID-19 pandemic shutdowns, and more than $231,000 made it the highest fundraising total at the event. The winner this year was Lana Duke. Angel Wings Foundation served as presenting sponsor, with Cindy Paulin as representative. Other main sponsors were Atmos Energy, Monroe Vos Consulting and Eustis Mortgage. The event took place on St. Patrick’s Day, so the oak trees in City Park were lit up with green lights that led to the Arbor Hall, illuminated with gold lights hanging from the awnings. Each table featured white and gold decor with a white azalea as the centerpiece, which were auctioned off at the end of the night for the direct benefit of the children of Raintree. Food and beverages were provided by Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, 12 Seasons Catering, La Louisiane Bakery, Chateau Country Club, Perrone and Sons, Palace Cafe, Haydel’s, Antoine’s, Drago’s, Urban South Brewery and Lana Duke Consulting. The Y’at Pack provided musical entertainment. An auction included artwork, sports memorabilia, jewelry and dining experiences. Rebecca Gardner and Olivia Ventola served as gala co-chairs.

Angela Lacour, Olivia Ventola, Rebecca Gardner and Eugenie Guillot

Cindy Paulin, Lana Duke, Kate DeKay and Kenny Malter

Katina Spera, Beckie Daniels, Rhonda Sharkawy and Lisa Eymand

Jean Le Bourgeois, Neely Loring and Angie Tocco

LaShawna Schofield, Meredith Barousse and Alden Howard

Mark Romig, Natsha Wilson, Sonia Shoemaker and Melissa Warren