Winter Wonderland VIII had its Royal Coronation and Sponsorship Party at the Golden Lantern on Wednesday, July 31. A packed house enjoyed salad, meatballs, sandwiches, jambalaya, and many cocktails before Winter Wonderland Misti Gaither took the stage to acknowledge previous royalty, hand out awards, announce the charities, and reveal the new royalty.
Jeffrey Palmquist and Andrea Sabillon Hallstead were named King and Queen. The charities this year are the New Orleans PFLAG Scholarship Fund and St. Anna’s Episcopal Church’s theatre and music program.
Misti Gaither announced that PFLAG scholarships would be established in the names of Rip and Marsha Naquin-Delain to a student in journalism, Bunny Nola to a student in Design or Hospitality, Elizabeth Moreci to a student in Music, Barry Rutherford to a student in Education, and Frank Macera, Jr. to a student in public relations or studying to be an EMT.
The ICON Tribute award recipients were Vicki Weeks and Michele D’Aquin. The Legacy Award honor went to James Garner.
Winter Wonderland will be held on December 1 at Capulet.