UnknownNEW ORLEANS (press release) – St. Anna’s Episcopal Church holds its 10th Annual Extravaganza on Saturday, Oct. 24, 7 PM via Facebook Live Stream at facebook.com/stannanola to benefit Anna’s Place NOLA programs and refurbishing the historic Treme Dodwell House to host and support the church’s expanded community missions.

“Our community has come up with a fun and innovative way to continue our annual fund-raising event, and the participation of Galatoire’s adds an exciting dimension,” said Very Rev. William H. Terry, Rector, St. Anna’s Episcopal Church.

The event, which has free and purchased options for supporters, will feature live-streamed performances by the NOLA Soul Collective and Anna’s Place NOLA students and graduates, as well as brief testimonials from local community leaders, parents, supporters and more.

In partnership with Galatoire’s, patrons can purchase a three-course, dinner-for-two option titled “Dine for Dodwell” whereby volunteers will home-deliver each purchase with a bottle of wine between 5 and 7 pm the evening of the Oct. 24 online Extravaganza. The $120 meal must be purchased  by noon, Oct. 19 at www.dodwellhouse.org to guarantee delivery on the night of the online Extravaganza.

“Our industry has been hit hard and we know nonprofits face the same uncertainties,” said Galatoire’s president and CEO Melvin Rodrigue. “We’re happy to be partnering with Anna’s Place NOLA/Dodwell House to participate in this virtual extravaganza to raise funds for their new home. Even though this is a difficult time for everyone, we want to ensure those that are making our community better are able to continue their good work as well.”

Anyone can watch the Extravaganza online for free, donate on the featured event website and also participate without commitment in the online auction that will take place October 21st- 28th to support Dodwell House. The online auction features an American Airlines and Hilton Vacation Package, gift cards to Best Buy, Home Depot, Bonefish Grill, original art and more.  To bid or see the auction items, go to:  www.dodwellhouse.org

Dodwell House, the future home of Anna’s Place NOLA, will provide a platform to empower individuals adversely affected by social inequities to determine their future and to fully meet their potential.  The Dodwell House Community Resource Center is a long-time mission of St. Anna’s Church to renovate the historic center-hall cottage to house the expanding Anna’s Place NOLA programs.

In response to the increasing demand for programs, services and meeting space, St. Anna’s purchased the historic Marsoudet-Caruso House on Esplanade Avenue, two blocks from the church’s main campus at 1313 Esplanade Avenue. Renamed Dodwell House in honor of St. Anna’s former pastor and his wife, the property will more than double the capacity of service for the Anna’s Place programs to children and adults.

“The once abandoned historic property will now be returned to Treme and the city at large as a vibrant community center with new classrooms, meeting spaces, kitchen, and an all-abilities accessible building,” said Fr. Terry. “The Dodwell House will become a permanent home for multi-generational programs that have been proven to help reduce poverty, crime and inequality, provide outreach to at-risk children, offer health and wellness resources, and maintain a cultural crossroads for the diverse population served by Anna’s Place NOLA.”

Sponsorship opportunities for the fundraiser and more information about Dodwell House can be found  at www.dodwellhouse.org  For a video on Dodwell House featuring John Boutte, go to: https://youtu.be/X4DRDQAR5GM
For more information on St. Anna’s Church, go to: www.stannanola.org
For more information on Anna’s Place NOLA, go to: www.annasplacenola.org