Guests enjoyed a taste of New Orleans at the Children’s Concert Society fundraiser at Fairlawn Country Club Saturday evening with hurricane drinks and jambalaya.

Stilt walker Vanessa Lang greeted guests and Diane Lazzerini, who chaired the event, distributed Mardi Gras beads. Shirley and David Levey were honorary hosts, and Cheryl Boigegrain sold raffle tickets.

Margo Snider, president of the board, said for the past 71 years the Children’s Concert Society has provided live concerts for students in Akron schools in a variety of disciplines. “We have everything from the University of Akron’s Steel Drums to the Verb Ballet,” Snider said.

In addition, the group provides funding for 8,000 students to attend concerts at the Akron Civic Theatre, and awards scholarships to local student composers. For many students, this is their first introduction to the arts.

Many of the guests came in Mardi Gras masks. Renee Pinsky said she and friends Andrea Ehrenberg and Gloria Greiber gathered at Shelley Kaye’s home last week to make their masks. “We just put everything out on her kitchen table and got very creative,” Pinsky said.

Chef Tom Albright, who was busy preparing shrimp jambalaya and Andouille Sausage for the crowd, said he loved the Zydeco music being played by Mo Mojo. “It makes everyone want to get up and dance,” he said.

Art and Lee Wallach joined Herb and Dianne Newman, Beverly Rose and Myrna Berzon for the jambalaya dinner, followed by caramel bread pudding and beignets for dessert.

Following dinner, everyone toasted Business Manager Pat Lenhart for the unique New Orleans-style centerpieces she designed for each table. Emcee Kerry Clawson and her husband, Steve, judged the mask contest which Susan and Terry Yingling won for having the best couples’ masks.