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Gathering On the Avenue

The Jewish Community Center celebrated its 65 years.

Jane and Rodney Steiner with Walda and Sydney Besthoff

Photographed By Jeff Strout

On Saturday, November 2, New Orleans’ Jewish Community Center hosted its annual fundraising event, this year titled “Celebrating 65 Years On the Avenue.”

Chaired by Cathy and Morris Bart, the evening included a cocktail hour, a seated dinner crafted by chef Rommel Hernandez and entertainment featuring acclaimed musical revue “Oh What a Night! A Musical Tribute to Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons.” Guests danced the night away to timeless hits such as “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and more before the highlight event, an exciting live auction with Lee Zurik performing the honors as auctioneer.

Hit auction items included an in-home feast for 10 prepared by chef Jacques Leonardi of Jacques-Imo’s Cafe, dinner for 12 with chef-inspired food and wine pairings at Ralph’s on the Park, the Drago’s Specialty Charboil Truck at the location of the winner’s choice and a Saints Youth football signed by Drew Brees with a football T-shirt signed by Thomas Morstead and Sean Payton.

Proceeds of the evening went to the JCC’s general programs such as the Alzheimer’s respite care program, the regionally acclaimed four-star Nursery School, summer day camp and senior recreational programs.


What: “Celebrating 65 Years On the Avenue,” benefiting the Jewish Community Center
When: Saturday, November 2, 2013
Where: Jewish Community Center

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