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River Oaks goes ooh-la-la with can-can dancers, bubbly & French flair: No ordinary country club night

River Oaks goes ooh-la-la with can-can dancers, bubbly, French flair

10 Paula Sutton, from left, Bill King and Neda Ladjevardian at the Gaston LeNotre Scholarship Gala February 2015
Honoree Paula Sutton, left,  with Champagne & Chocolat gala chairs Bill King and Neda Ladjevardian. Photo by © Kim Coffman
1 Alain and Marie LeNotre, left, with Sujiro Seam at the Gaston LeNotre Scholarship Gala February 2015
Alain and Marie LeNotre, left, with French Consul General Sujiro Seam. Photo by © Kim Coffman
12 Berdon and Rolanette Lawrence at the Gaston LeNotre Scholarship Gala February 2015
Honorary chairs Berdon and Rolanette Lawrence. Photo by © Kim Coffman
6 Irina Alamkan, from left, Anne Cress and Katina McDannald at the Gaston LeNotre Scholarship Gala February 2015
Irina Alamkan, from left, Anne Cress and Katina McDannald. Photo by © Kim Coffman
8 Jim and Diane D'Agostino at the Gaston LeNotre Scholarship Gala February 2015
Gala co-chairs Jim and Diane D'Agostino. Photo by © Kim Coffman
4 Brian Teichman, from left, Trini Mendenhall, Carolyn Farb and Andrew Cordes at the Gaston LeNotre Scholarship Gala February 2015
Brian Teichman, from left, Trini Mendenhall, Carolyn Farb and Andrew Cordes. Photo by © Kim Coffman
9 Joana Tagaropulos, left, with Randy and Juli Fournier at the Gaston LeNotre Scholarship Gala February 2015
Joana Tagaropulos, left, with Randy and Juli Fournier. Photo by © Kim Coffman
2 Anne and Bob Cress at the Gaston LeNotre Scholarship Gala February 2015
Anne and Bob Cress. Photo by © Kim Coffman
5 Drew Rogers and Marie LeNotre at the Gaston LeNotre Scholarship Gala February 2015
Drew Rogers and Marie LeNotre. Photo by © Kim Coffman
7 Jane Page Crump and James Crump at the Gaston LeNotre Scholarship Gala February 2015
Jane Page Crump and James Crump. Photo by © Kim Coffman
10 Paula Sutton, from left, Bill King and Neda Ladjevardian at the Gaston LeNotre Scholarship Gala February 2015
1 Alain and Marie LeNotre, left, with Sujiro Seam at the Gaston LeNotre Scholarship Gala February 2015
12 Berdon and Rolanette Lawrence at the Gaston LeNotre Scholarship Gala February 2015
6 Irina Alamkan, from left, Anne Cress and Katina McDannald at the Gaston LeNotre Scholarship Gala February 2015
8 Jim and Diane D'Agostino at the Gaston LeNotre Scholarship Gala February 2015
4 Brian Teichman, from left, Trini Mendenhall, Carolyn Farb and Andrew Cordes at the Gaston LeNotre Scholarship Gala February 2015
9 Joana Tagaropulos, left, with Randy and Juli Fournier at the Gaston LeNotre Scholarship Gala February 2015
2 Anne and Bob Cress at the Gaston LeNotre Scholarship Gala February 2015
5 Drew Rogers and Marie LeNotre at the Gaston LeNotre Scholarship Gala February 2015
7 Jane Page Crump and James Crump at the Gaston LeNotre Scholarship Gala February 2015

What: Culinary Institute LeNotre's annual "Champagne & Chocolat Scholarship Gala."

Where: River Oaks Country Club.

The 411: The rush of can-can dancers through the ballroom and the free-flowing bubbly left no doubt that the accent was on the French at this lively Valentine's Day gala. Houston mayoral candidate Bill King and Neda Ladjevardian chaired the Parisian-themed soirée that appropriately featured a gourmet dinner followed by a dessert extravaganza created by Culinary Institute LeNotre students.

Paula Sutton was honored with the 2015 Gaston LeNotre Scholarship Ambassador Award, recognized for her community leadership and contributions to the scholarship fund. The evening raised $185,000 for student scholarships.

Also playing lead roles in the evening were honorary chairs Rolanette and Berdon Lawrence, co-chairs Diane and Jim D'Agostino and Marie LeNotre and special guest French Consul General Sujiro Seam.

Who: Alain LeNotre, Sallymoon Benz and Dr. Alan Bentz, Trini Mendenhall, Jane Page Crump and James Crump, Clarice and Raymond Snokhous, Andrew Cordes and Brian Teichman, Carolyn Farb, Anne and Bob Cress and Shane and Dennis Steger.