The Soirée, St. Joseph’s Academy’s premier fundraising event, was held on the evening of November 1 in the Academy Student Center. The gala continued the year-long celebration of the 150th anniversary of SJA’s founding in 1868 by the Sisters of St. Joseph.
Guests enjoyed a night of live and silent auctions, raffles, great food and drinks by area restaurants and caterers and live music by Ned Fasullo and His Fabulous Big Band Orchestra. The evening raised nearly $150,000 to be used to provide campus-wide enhancements to benefit the young women of SJA.
Through Qtego Auction Technology, guests were able to bid on auction items before The Soirée began. During the event, they used their smartphones to track action on the silent and live auctions and raffles. Guests also enjoyed the SJA Student Ambassadors who were on hand to assist throughout the evening.
“What a splendid evening,” said Mission Advancement Director Meg Gerald. “It was fantastic to see so many St. Joseph’s Academy alumnae, friends and families in the beautiful setting of the Academy Student Center. We are extremely appreciative of everyone who celebrated SJA’s mission of educating young women as responsible and unifying members of the world community. Many thanks to the sponsors, guests and volunteers who made this night such a success.”
The planning committee was co-chaired by Katie Cheatham and Missy Heck Brown ’94. They were joined by Live Auction Co-Chairs Michelle Mitchell and Gabriella St. Amant; Silent Auction Chair Joanne Harvey; Restaurant and Pull-A-Card Chair Melanie Callicott; Decorations Chair Christy Castille Haik ’82; Sponsorship Co-Chairs Adele Netterville and Kema Bueche; Bar Chair Jean Couvillion; Marketing Co-Chairs Courtney Newbill and Kathryn Rothkamm ’87; Raffle Co-Chairs Dorothy Aertker Ewen ’94 and Kelley Green Stelly ’94; Entertainment Chair Amy Radle ’92; and committee members Tammy Brice, Caroline Lemann, Angela Sheets, Julie Lefebvre and Elise Khuri.
Serving as committee advisors were Meg Gerald, Sister Joan Laplace and Jennifer Knight.
The Soirée committee owes a debt of gratitude to the individuals and organizations who sponsored The Soirée. Sanctity-level sponsors were Joanne and Charles Harvey; Linda Thompson; Celebrity Theatres; and Franklin Press. Joy-level sponsors were Dr. James Rhorer; Heck No Land Company LLC; and Qtego. Action-level sponsor was Investar Bank.
Red-level sponsors were A & J Designs; Blair and Jim Purgerson; Roland Toups; Elizabeth and Tom McKowen (Elizabeth Batchelor ’72); Linda and Larry Messina; and Sparkhound Inc.
White-level sponsors were Babb Construction; Benny’s Car Wash; Cajun Ready-Mix; Capital Glass; Capital City Produce; Christine and Milton Dureau; Fran Harvey; Hannis T. Bourgeois & Co.; John Turner; Guarino Group; Linda and Ian Hipwell; Mary Svendson; Tami and Mike Moran; Raymond James and Associates Inc.; Relief Windows; Ryson Roofing; School Time Uniforms; Sissy and Ralph Stephens (Sissy Wall ’80); Tim Poche; and Anne and Tom J. Meek.
Mindy Brodhead Averitt
Photos by Jennifer M. Fontaine