Legacy Donor Foundation’s 17th annual “Soul Revival” focused on the importance of organ, eye and tissue donations and celebrating the lives saved by the generosity of others.
Hosted by George and Lauren Bower, this year’s event was a street party at the corner of St. Charles Avenue and Third Street. The Bowers’ connecting properties were transformed into a backyard atmosphere for the event. Bistro lights stretched across Third Street, where festive food trucks, hi-boy tables and guests filled the street for this soulful celebration. This marks the fourth year the Bowers hosted “Soul Revival” in honor of their friend and Legacy Donor Foundation founder, the late David Voelker.
Nine couples served as co-chairs of the event in recognition of the potential nine lives that can possibly be saved though one organ donor. The 2016 “Soul Revival 9” Co-Chairs were Ransdell and William Prieur, Ansley and Carter Marshall, Dorothy and Joe Mann, Lacey and Price Lanier, Megan and William Wolf, Kaylea and Hunter Hill, Kate and Scott Tucker, Sara and Jonathan McCall and Shelley and Sean Tynan.
Following a tradition that began with the first “Soul Revival,” the evening kicked off with the soul-sparking sounds of a gospel choir from the Progressive Baptist Church, LDF board member Rev. Willie Gable’s ministry. Hand-painted heart-shaped signs and wooden banners were prominently displayed throughout the area to highlight LDF’s major supporters as well as positive messages.
Rockin’ Dopsie Jr. and the Zydeco Twisters delighted the attendees as the headline entertainment. DJ Rob Nice served as emcee and DJ for the event, coming in from Atlanta to take the stage. In addition to a variety of dishes from Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse, highlights of the party were offerings from some of New Orleans’ favorite food trucks.
More than 800 people attended the event that began at dusk and continued until midnight.
EVENT AT A GLANCE
What: “Soul Revival 2016,” benefiting Legacy Donor Foundation
When: Saturday, March 19
Where: Properties of George and Lauren Bower