A special dinner benefiting retired Christian Brothers of the District of Santa Fe New Orleans (SFNO) whose tours of duty included schools in New Mexico was held recently in Santa Fe.
The event took place on April 19 at the Bourbon Grill restaurant. It was the brainchild of restaurant owners and College of Santa Fe alumni and Lasallian Partners John Fox and Max Myers. Fox and Myers offered to host the event and helped in its planning together with Lasallian Christian Brothers Foundation (LCBF) Executive Director Matt Powell; LCBF Vice-Chair Brother Mark Murphy, FSC; LCBF Development Director Brother Gale Condit, FSC; and SFNO Brothers Donald Mouton, FSC and Brian Dybowski, FSC.
The event brought together Brothers, former students and colleagues, and friends and benefactors to gather proceeds for the care of those elderly and infirm retired Brothers who worked at various Lasallian apostolates during their many years of service to the people of northern New Mexico.
Over a dozen Christian Brothers and one hundred guests enjoyed an evening that included dinner and both silent and live auctions of gift certificates, getaway trips, and fine wines. Local sponsors included New Mexico Bank and Trust; College of Santa Fe alumni; Southwestern Title and Escrow, Inc.; and State Employees Credit Union.
Dinner was prepared by Bourbon Grill’s chef with assistance from a mystery guest chef from Lafayette, Louisiana, who turned out to be SFNO’s own Brother Donald! The meal was a special Cajun Fest that featured catfish bites hors d’oeuvres, choice of shrimp or chicken and andouille gumbo, Cajun potato salad, and Gâteau de Sirop dessert.
Each year, LCBF sponsors a number of fund-raising events throughout the District, including this latest gathering. In addition to those that assist with the care of retired Brothers, events are held to support the student financial aid efforts of the District’s twenty-one middle and high schools.
According to Brother Gale, “The guests brought a great spirit to the evening and were most happy to see so many of the Christian Brothers.” Brother Donald added, “The Cajun Fest was a sell-out and, according to many comments, genuinely enjoyable. The Cajun saying, Laissez les bons temps rouler!’ (‘Let the good times roll!’) certainly fit the occasion!”
All photos courtesy Jane Phillips Photography, Santa Fe, New Mexico.