January 30, 2012
Nsoro Starfish Ball
Millie Smith and Pete Sandore are crowned Queen and King in a Mardi Gras Carnival setting to benefit Nsoro Foundation
- Photos by Jim Fitts
Mardi Gras came to life at The St. Regis in January to benefit the education of foster care youth and Atlantans came decked out to the nines to revel New Orleans style!
Nsoro co-founder Darrell Mays, Nsoro Executive Director Cynthia Moreland, Starfish Ball Queen and King Millie Smith and Pete Sandore, Nsoro alum Mason McFalls and Nsoro “Student of the Year” Desirée Chace
The St. Regis Atlanta in Buckhead
Past Nsoro King Jack Sawyer, Steve Smith, Herman and Sylvia Russell, Howard and Vicki Palefsky, AT&T’s Dennis Boyden, Marjorie and Steve Harvey, Bonnie Leadbetter, Monica Dioda, Todd Tautfest, John and Dina Geisler, Tara Werther, past Nsoro Queen Su Longman and husband Al Longman, Rhett and Carolyn Tanner, Eileen and Tom Rosencrants, Louise Sams and Jerome Grilhot.
Guests reveled in a festive setting, decked out in Mardi Gras colors, including masks, bottle trees and crimson plumes by A Legendary Event. St Regis chef Jonathan Jerusalmy cooked up a Creole-inspired menu featuring crawfish and Andouille bisque, duo of short ribs and seared halibut with pickled okra grit cake, and a Commander’s Palace-inspired Bananas Foster for dessert. Post dinner, Nsoro’s Starfish Queen and King, Millie Smith and Peter Sandore, were introduced via a jazz parade and guests danced late into the night to the New Orleans-style tunes of Zyde Funk Band.
Title Sponsor AT&T. Presenting sponsors: Wilmington Trust, The Patricia Bowman Terwilliger Family Foundation Charitable Trust, Al and Su Longman, SBA Communications Corporation, Nsoro MasTec and Darrell Mays, In kind sponsors: St. Regis Atlanta, Market Source Inc. and Neiman Marcus.
Atlanta-based Nsoro Foundation aims to increase the educational opportunities for foster care children who have aged-out from care by offering academic scholarships and mentoring. The program currently supports over 75 students. On the evening of the gala, Dennis Boyden of Title Sponsor AT&T presented a surprise check to Nsoro Foundation of $65,000. For more information visit www.thenf.org