The New Orleans Artists Against Hunger and Homelessness (NOAAHH) honored co-founder Allen Toussaint at a celebration on July 28 where guests celebrated his induction into the 2011 Songwriters Hall of Fame. The intimate gathering was held at the home of John and Jennifer Rowland and included music, an assortment of delectable dishes, honored guests and a few special speeches. Guests enjoyed a selection of Toussaint songs as background music as they indulged in catering and passed hors d’oeuvres from Southern Hospitality Catering, Inc. and Kajun Kettle. The 60 guests in attendance helped themselves to an open bar with premium brand liquor and received second-line handkerchiefs featuring Toussaint’s song titles. Honored guest Susan G. Guidry, City Council Member, District A, saluted Toussaint’s 40-year career and recognized him as “one of the most influential and iconic leaders of the New Orleans community.”
Other guests included Art Neville, Clarence “Frogman” Henry, Deacon John, Cosimo Matassa and Pierre Hilzim, president of NOAAHH. Toussaint co-founded NOAAHH with Aaron Neville (one-fourth of the Neville brothers) and brought artists together for a concert to benefit metro New Orleans. Over 50 different organizations that provide food and shelter to the needy have received NOAAHH grants.
NOAAHH was founded in 1985 when Toussaint and Neville brought together a group of New Orleans musicians to perform a concert to benefit the hungry and homeless in the New Orleans metro area.