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The Top Of The Crop 2017

06/06/2017 07:00AM ● By Christy Quebedeaux

By Shanna P. Dickens  |  Photos by Fusion Photography

Mark your calendars. On Friday, July 21, 2017 the Stars of Style Gala returns to Cypress Bayou Casino Hotel. Stars of Style is the premiere fundraising gala for the Louisiana Sugar Cane Festival & Fair Association. Last year’s event was a smashing success with newly seated co-chairs Phyllis Mata and Lisa Lourd at the helm. Because of all of his contributions, Ted Viator has been added as an honorary chair of the board.  Mata and Lourd unveiled some exciting new changes in 2016, and attendees and honorees can expect to see those mirrored at the 2017 gala.


The event will once again be held at Cypress Bayou Casino Hotel. Guests will enjoy dinner and drinks before the show starts. Each Star of Style will be presented once in formal attire. An important distinction is that this year’s honorees are showcasing much more than clothes – they represent style and dedication to the sugar cane industry. 


The entertainment provided last year was such a complement to the gala that the same entertainers will take the stage again. IPAL and The Sugar Lumps will both showcase routines created specifically for the Stars of Style gala. Once again, the crowd favorite Nik-L Beer will close the night out. For those who are still looking to dance the night away after the gala, Rox will be open to accommodate all rug-cutting needs. 


This year, the Top of the Crop contest is making a highly anticipated return. Last year, for the first time, a voting element was added to Stars of Style as a fun way to involve the entire community and generate additional funds for the Louisiana Sugar Cane Festival and Fair Association.  Fans will vote for their favorite honoree to be named Top of the Crop. Voting is simple! Just visit and cast your vote. Each vote is $1 with a $5 minimum. 

As always, stay tuned for the July issue of Acadiana LifeStyle to check out each contestant’s full bio and for the full details about the 2017 Stars of Style Gala. 

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Sponsors will receive free VIP seating and signage on the step & repeat. For more information on how to become a sponsor, contact Lisa Lourd: 

 Dr. Seth Rosenzweig

 Doris Regan Tatford

 Bernard Laviolette, Jr.

 Mary Kendall Maginnis

 Dr. Andre’ Broussard

 Christina Pierce

 Dwayne Viator

 Kaci Smith Beaullieu

 Elbert Guillory

 Robin Breaux Menard

 David Billiot

 Wendy Parich

 Greg Nolan

 Ashlie Gray

 Jason Bayard

 Javella Joseph Raheem

 Bill Bacque

 April Holleman

 Colby Hebert

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