Upscale eco-chic candle designer Natalie Evans, founder of Low Country Luxe was proud to be part of the first ever “Jazzed in January” cocktail reception fundraiser in New York City for the New Orleans Preservation Resource Center charity. The incredible event was hosted by the Hearst Corporation on January 15th and attended by 300 New Yorkers and New Orleanians who raised a total of $235,000 to further the PRC’s mission.
Being a part of the fundraiser was especially important to LCL, with over a year in the development, Low Country Luxe created a special candle dedicated to the city of New Orleans, inspired by its wrought iron balconies and seductive aroma-filled courtyards. Since its launch in October, LCL has donated a portion of its proceeds to the PRC to continue the LCL philosophy of giving back to the communities that inspire its products.
“We are thrilled to bring awareness to the Preservation Resource Center whose efforts are vital in preserving and restoring the historic architecture and diverse neighborhoods of the historic Southern city of New Orleans,” says Evans. 400 of the beautiful NOLA candles were given as parting gifts for all the attendees of the event.
Special guests included celebrity chefs Emeril Lagasse and Daniel Boulud who created the hors d’oeuvres and entrees, cocktails mixed by Café Adelaide’s Swizzle Stick Bar, emcee and New Orleans native Bryant Gumbel, Cathie Black, President of Hearst Magazines (who was presented with a New Orleans Citizenship Award for her leadership in donating time, resources, and volunteers to help New Orleans recover and rebuild post-Katrina), and R&B legend Allen Toussaint who performed with jazz vocalist Ingrid Lucia.
Other special guests attending from Hearst included: Debra Shriver, Vice President / Chief Communications Officer of Hearst Corporation; Pamela Fiori, Editor-in-Chief of Town & Country; and Stephen Drucker, Editor-in-Chief of House Beautiful. Lead sponsors included Hearst Magazines, Hearst Corporation, the Clein/Lemann Esperanza Fund, Belle Alliance Plantation, Saks Fifth Avenue, Dr. R. Dale Leblanc & Mr. Hal Williamson, and Dr. Allen Calabresi & Dr. Rebecca Lillis.
All Low Country Luxe soy candles are 100% made in the USA, recyclable and environmentally safe, known for their fresh scents and lead free cotton wicks (tested extensively to meet the highest industry standards and are better for the environment than traditional candles) to ensure a clean, maximized burn time of 100 hours.
The other candle fragrances are named after Lowcountry havens like Savannah and Charleston, as well as signature coastal botanicals like Sea Grass, Spanish Moss and High Cotton. Beautifully packaged in recyclable cylindrical watercolor boxes and reusable glass containers, each contains an elegant gift card printed on recycled paper inscribed with a line from Sidney Lanier’s legendary 1878 poem “The Marshes of Glynn” dedicated to Georgia’s tidal marshes which served as a source of inspiration for the innovative packaging design.
Natalie Evans – founder of the private label soy candle company and an accomplished product development expert for Fortune 500 companies- also works with hotels, personalities, and companies to design custom packaging and signature scented soy candles for private label brands. Evans has been featured in Coastal Living, Paula Deen, and InStyle magazines, and in Oprah’s 2008 Holiday Guide. Candles can be found on-line at www.lowcountryluxe.com and in fine boutiques throughout the U.S. and Canada.
For additional information please visit:
The Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans www.prcno.org