More than 700 people passionate about Genesis Women's Shelter & Support flooded the entrance of Sixty Five Hundred for the fifth annual Masquerade — the signature event of the Genesis Young Leaders.
Co-chairs Kirstin and Holden Godat and Sarah and Hayden Godat worked tirelessly to transform the venue into a buzzing Big Easy-themed bash — named one of CultureMap's top YP charitable events of spring — that would be the talk of the town long after the young professionals' party was over. (A special shout out must go to the woman atop the giant tricycle serving champagne in the "French Quarter.")
The altruistic power couple and Genesis Young Leaders Board Presidents Jenny and Dan Harris were dressed to impress with their do-good gang — including Lizzie Means Duplantis, Margretta Wikert, Abby Simoneau and Julie Carpenter — as they made their way through the chic event space playing casino games, bidding on silent auction items, and dancing to the smooth tunes of The Project Band.
There was also a photo booth where Kate Schlinke, Sarah Foster, Christina Walker, Jessica Medina, and Brooke Meyer were spotted getting their smiles on.
And it wouldn't be a genuine Cajun affair without some serious eats. Food Glorious Food hooked up guests with hors d'oeuvres straight from the Bayou. Think chicken and andouille sausage skewers, mini muffaletta sandwiches, jambalaya, and warm New Orleans-style beignets. Signature drinks provided by Absolut dubbed the Masquerade Mule and the Whimsical Whiskey were just icing on the sweet, sweet Southern cake.
This year's event allowed the Genesis Young Leaders to raise about $200,000 for the women and children of this life-changing organization that provides safety, shelter, and expert counseling services to those who have experienced domestic violence. In 2017 alone, Genesis served about 1,300 women and children who were able to receive these services at no cost.