Eighth annual La Soirée set for Saturday, Jan. 21

Eighth annual La Soirée set for Saturday, Jan. 21

Southeast Texans can take a journey down the Silk Road from India to Istanbul at the Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas Foundation’s eighth annual La Soirée on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, inside the Beaumont Civic Center.

The theme is Arabian Nights, and guests will be transported to Royal Sultan’s palace for the party of the year. A profusion of light, color, sights, sounds and dances from around the world will transport those in attendance to another place in time

Tickets start at $250 each, and table sponsorships range from $2,500 to $50,000.

“It will be a very cultural evening,” said Kim Moncla, executive director of philanthropic services at Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas.

The festivities will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a reception and a silent auction that will feature plenty of trips and experiences.

Guests will also have a chance to win a 1-carat diamond sponsored by Mathews Jewelers by purchasing a $100 champagne glass. Only 100 will be available.

Dinner will be served at 7:30 p.m., and guests are in for a treat. Bombay Brasserie from Houston will serve authentic Indian cuisine while Bando’s will prepare a Lebanese menu.

Chairpersons of the event are Ayna and John Pat Parsons.

“They were chosen because they are big supporters of Baptist Hospital,” said Moncla. “We are very lucky to have them.”

Moncla also stated that the theme, Arabian Nights, came from the Parsons. “It actually came from their wedding, and we thought it would be a great way to involve the community,” she said. “It covers a lot of countries and will be fun for everyone.”

Also returning this year will be musical entertainment from the Party Crashers, who will take the stage at 9 p.m. Led by the extraordinary vocal talents of top-selling recording artists Jenny J, Danny Savage and Gray, Party Crashers perform their show all over the world, bringing their unique blend of energy, choreography, staging, impersonations, medleys and all-out fun. They are incredibly versatile, covering everything from classic rock to country, from Latin to today’s pop hits.

“The evening is like having three parties in one night,” added Moncla.

Through the extreme generosity of the committee members and supporters, the Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas Foundation has been able to assist the hospital with projects to serve all. Past Soirées have supported the creation of the Dauphin Women’s Center, a makeover at the Julie and Ben Rogers Cancer Institute, and most recently, updated equipment for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Each project makes a huge difference in the lives of the patients served.

In addition, the foundation provides funding to meet patient needs. In pediatrics, this includes coloring books, games and movies for the children. For cancer patients, this may involve paying a water bill so that they may continue with treatments. For patients with Alzheimer’s or dementia, the foundation is working with volunteers to design and create a memory garden.

Tickets and table sponsorships for the event are available by calling (409) 212-6110.