Sweet Hope at Citronelle
With the advent of the holiday season comes a time for giving; a time
for gatherings with friends old and new and a time for amazingly wondrous treats. All came together Saturday as Michel Richard and Citronelle hosted their ninth annual Sweet Hope party—a holiday get together to be
nefit the children who are patients of St. Jude’s Hospital. The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. No child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family's ability to pay. This year, some 300+ guests of all ages, each offering at least one new unwrapped toy as admission to the party, were treated to a superb sugary overload of rich hot chocolate and mounds of brownies, cookies, tart tatin, cream puffs, fruit tarts courtesy of Michel Richard and Citronelle’s Executive Chef David Deshaies along with his acclaimed team of pastry chefs. The Georgetown Visitation Madrigal Choir provided a musical backdrop of harmonious holiday music while a roving balloon artist delighted the children with all manner of inflated rubber swords, doggies and other creations. At the end of the day, a whopping three carloads of toys were delivered to the airport where they will be flown directly to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in Memphis for immediate distribution to kids afflicted by illness—each toy one step more in making the season a little brighter.