Rockin' Around the Clock
Family Service of Greater New Orleans hosted its fourth year of “Hickory Dickory Rock.”
Michael Vales, Jackie Sullivan, Gary Huntley and Blake Jones
Photographed by Kenny Martinez
The evening of Saturday, April 5, was the fourth annual celebration of “Hickory Dickory Rock,” a children’s event held at the Amusement Area of City Park by the Family Service of Greater New Orleans. The event included more than four hours of music, food and rides at City Park’s Storyland and Carousel Gardens. This year’s event featured entertainment by local band Bag of Donuts and performances by Uptown Musical Theatre, which nearly 1,000 guests enjoyed.
Founded in 1986, the Family Service of Greater New Orleans provides emotional and mental health support for the community, especially those in need. Counseling programs address a variety of challenges faced by individuals, children, couples and families, including depression, anxiety, trauma, abuse, domestic and non-domestic violence, addiction and more.
Event chair and board member Michael Liebaert developed the concept for “Hickory Dickory Rock” in 2011, seeking to provide a low-cost evening for families and raise funds to support the programs of Family Service. While the event is always open to the public through ticket sales, more than 500 children and families attended through the sponsorship of Family Service. The evening was a great success, bringing in more than $50,000 to the various programs of Family Service, including NOLA Dads, the Violence Intervention Program and more.
EVENT AT A GLANCE
What: “Hickory Dickory Rock,” benefiting Family Service of Greater New Orleans
When: Saturday, April 5
Where: City Park’s Amusement Area