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21st Annual “Champagne and Chocolate Gala” benefiting the Gaston LeNotre Scholarship.


This year the Gaston Lenotre Scholarship Foundation hosted its 21st Annual Champagne & Chocolate Gala.  The gala, which took place on February 8th, 2023 in the illustrious River Oaks Country Club.


The event honored Allison Knight with the 2023 Gaston Lenotre Scholarship Ambassador Award.




The gala also celebrated 2001-2022 chairs and honorees. These honorees included:


Margaret Alkek Williams (Lifetime Honoree)

Katrina and Cecil Arnim

Philamena Baird

Deana Blackburn

Zane Carruth

Lucia and Michael Cordua

Mignon and Stephen Gill

Paula Sutton and Bill Gross

Janine Janarelli

Allison and Tucker Knight

Susan and Ed Osterberg

Giovanna and Steve Payne

JoAnn Petersen

Dennis Steger

Tina Raham Stewart

Joana Tagaropulos

Cathy and Scott Valby

Deborah and Tom Woehler

Katherine and Mark Yzaguirre


The night began with a stunning performance of music by Deborah Boily and Jerry Atwood accompanied by a silent auction. The auction led into the dinner prepared by Head Chef Charles Carroll. Following dinner, Culinary Institute LeNotre Alumnus Grant was given to Armando Llanes. The night ended with a live auction and raffle.




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