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Stars Of Style

06/07/2016 02:35PM, Published by Robert Frey, Categories: In Print, Life+Leisure



By Shanna Perkins/ Photos By Fushion Photography

Stars of Style, the premiere fundraising gala for the Louisiana Sugar Cane Festival and Fair Association, will return on Friday, July 22. But this year, guests can expect a few exciting changes. In their first year at the position, Co-Chairs Phyllis Mata and Lisa Lourd are anxious to return to the elegance of the event’s inception 75 years ago.  

“It’s the 75th anniversary of Stars of Style, which began as Best Dressed of the Teche, and we want it to be a very elegant and sophisticated evening,” explains Co-Chair Phyllis Mata. “Because it’s a big anniversary, we want to return some of the former splendor of the original event and of the festival.”

For the first time, the event will be held at Cypress Bayou Casino Hotel in Charenton. In years past, each Stars Of Style honoree would perform a skit on stage. This year, they will be presented once in formal attire. In lieu of skits, Mata and Lourd have arraigned for two surprise performances that are closely related to the history and grandiose of the Sugar Cane Festival. 

Another important distinction is that this year’s event is not about clothes – it’s about style. The honorees were selected by what they represent to the community and to the sugar cane industry.

“We’ve chosen very longstanding members of the community as our honorees,” states Co-Chair Lisa Lourd. “We have a diverse crowd from around Acadiana. Historically, Festival and all of the events surrounding it were big social affairs. We’re hoping to capture that feeling again.”

And while there are many more changes and surprises in store for the attendees of Stars of Style, one of the new elements that has been added involves the entire community. As an easy and fun means to generate more funds for the Louisiana Sugar Cane Festival and Fair Association, Mata and Lourd have decided to add a voting element. Fans will vote for their favorite honoree to be named Top of the Crop. Voting is simple; all you have to do is click the link below the image of the contestant you wish to vote for.

 Each vote is $1 with a $5 minimum. 

As always, stay tuned for our July issue to see each contestant’s full bio and to learn more about all of the surprises in store for the 2016 Stars of Style Gala. 


Al Landry

https://votdo.com/campaigns/top-of-the-crop-contest/535


Dr. Luis Alvarez

https://votdo.com/campaigns/top-of-the-crop-contest/536



Andree Schlicher

https://votdo.com/campaigns/top-of-the-crop-contest/537



Carolyn Doerle Schumacher

https://votdo.com/campaigns/top-of-the-crop-contest/538



Chad Courtois

https://votdo.com/campaigns/top-of-the-crop-contest/539



Charlie Babineaux

https://votdo.com/campaigns/top-of-the-crop-contest/540



Charlie Levert

https://votdo.com/campaigns/top-of-the-crop-contest/541



Dr. Charles Guidry

https://votdo.com/campaigns/top-of-the-crop-contest/542



Elaine Drago

https://votdo.com/campaigns/top-of-the-crop-contest/543



Fallyn Gonsoulin

https://votdo.com/campaigns/top-of-the-crop-contest/544



Gail Boudreaux

https://votdo.com/campaigns/top-of-the-crop-contest/545



Hilda Daigre Curry

https://votdo.com/campaigns/top-of-the-crop-contest/546



Imani Guillory-Fruge'

https://votdo.com/campaigns/top-of-the-crop-contest/547


Jamie Peet Halphen

https://votdo.com/campaigns/top-of-the-crop-contest/548



Marcelle Bienvenu Lasserre

https://votdo.com/campaigns/top-of-the-crop-contest/549



Nessie Laviolette

https://votdo.com/campaigns/top-of-the-crop-contest/550



Perry Segura

https://votdo.com/campaigns/top-of-the-crop-contest/551



Rene' Simon

https://votdo.com/campaigns/top-of-the-crop-contest/552



Robbie Dale David

https://votdo.com/campaigns/top-of-the-crop-contest/553


Scott Angelle

https://votdo.com/campaigns/top-of-the-crop-contest/554



TK Hulin

https://votdo.com/campaigns/top-of-the-crop-contest/555



Wilson Viator

https://votdo.com/campaigns/top-of-the-crop-contest/556


Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Sponsors receive free VIP seating and signage on the step & repeat. For more information on how to become a sponsor, contact Phyllis Mata: phyllis11256@gmail.com or Lisa Lourd: lisa.lourd@gmail.com. 




Stars of Style Louisiana Sugar Cane Festival And Fair Association Al Landry Dr. Luis Alvarez Andree Schlicher Carolyn Doerle Schumacher Chad Courtois Charlie Babineaux Charlie Levert Dr. Charles Guidry Elaine Drago Fallyn Gonsoulin Gail Boudreaux Hilda Daigre Curry Imani Guillory-Fruge' Jamie Peet Halphen Marcelle Bienvenu Lasserre Nessie Laviolette Perry Segura Rene' Simon Robbie Dale David Scott Angelle TK Hulin Wilson Viator


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