The National Development Fund held their 17th annual “House Party” gala on May 19 in the lobby of the historic First NBC Bank. The event began with a patron party that was followed by a festive gala.

The patron party featured cuisine from Marie Hasney of Fleur de Lis Catering, while food at the gala was provided by Wisdom to Go. The DJ Charles Bambam Belonge & Rechell Cook & Regeneration Band provided entertainment for the evening.

The gala also featured a silent and live auction. The silent auction items included: signed CDs; spa and salon gift certificates; clothing and accessories; weekend getaway packages; vacation packages; and local museum tour packages. Live auction items included tickets to the Final Four in Atlanta; Kentucky Derby passes; and a trip to Paris. The winners of the live auction trip to Paris were Brent and Kathleen Laliberte.

Emcees for the evening were WGNO’s “News With a Twist” anchors Susan Rosgen and LeBron Joseph. Five NDF Awards were given in the categories of Leadership, Small Business, Beautification, NDF Founders and Development. The winners for each category, respectively, were Henry Coaxum Jr.; NOLA Copy & Print L.L.C.; Hike for KaTREEna; the Gulf Coast Housing Partnership; and Columbia Park at the Bayou District.

Event at a Glance
What: 17th annual “House Party,” benefiting the National Development Fund
When: Saturday, May 19
Where: First NBC