Jefferson Dollars for Scholars Celebrates 20 Years

Lisa Conescu, Wayne Nocito, Sydna Barocco and Amber Stevens

Photographed by Kenny Martinez

Jefferson Dollars for Scholars celebrated its 20th anniversary with its “Golden Tassel Gala” on September 27. This evening of fun regaled its guests with a cakewalk, auction, raffle and a whole lot of Creole and Cajun cuisine. This incredible organization aims to expand access to educational opportunities for Jefferson Parish Public School students through scholarships and academic support and has raised over $15.3 million to date. Patron party chairs Dr. James Meza Jr., superintendent of Jefferson Parish Schools, and the honorable Larry Dale, school board president, kicked off the evening with a menu from Galatoire’s, GW Fins, Pascal’s Manale, Ovations Food Services and Grace King ProStart.

The Honorable John Young served as the event chair for the gala, which featured an unconventional game – the Golden Tassel Pull. Golden Tassel Pulls were available to guests for $20 each and would reveal a prize worth up to $100 when pulled. Auction highlights included a kids swim clinic with Olympian Ryan Lochte, a Silver Oak Wine package and a week-long stay at a private villa for 12 people an hour south of Rome.


Event at a Glance

What: “Golden Tassel Gala,” benefiting Jefferson Dollars for Scholars
When: Friday, September 27
Where: 4545 Williams Boulevard

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