Friday, June 6, the American Red Cross Southeast Louisiana Chapter held it’s largest annual fundraiser, the Humanitarian Ball, at the Audubon Tea Room. Guests at the 6:30 p.m. patron party enjoyed music by Jazz vocalist Ms. Keith Porteous, before heading to the main event.

There, roughly 200 guests gathered to honor John Kallenborn, president of JP Morgan Chase Bank, New Orleans Region, named Humanitarian of the Year, “for his outstanding dedication to the recovery efforts of the greater New Orleans Area,” Michelle Hebert, Donor Relations and Event Coordinator, say.

Co-chairs Reneé Merrant and Shannon Ryerson, as well as Financial Development Committee Chair Patrice McNeal and American Red Cross – Southeast Louisiana Chapter CEO Kay Wilkins, contributed their time to make the event a success.

Another of the evening’s special guests was WGNO Anchor Michael Hill, who acted as master of ceremonies. The Rick Trolsen Band entertained guests at the black-tie optional main event, which also featured silent and live auctions.

The theme for the Humanitarian Ball was “Rebuild, Recover, Rebirth.” “We had our event at Audubon Tea Room and Exposition Boulevard, as symbols of the city’s rebirth at the turn of the 20th Century, and today’s rebuilding of New Orleans post-Katrina as another rebirth in the 21st Century,” Hebert says.

The Audubon Tea Room, led by Chef Alan Ehrich, served guests a sumptuous medley of dishes including Petit Filet of Beef with Parsley Butter and Louisiana Crab cake topped with Remoulade.

Top event sponsors included LaFarge NA, Latter & Blum Realtors and Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry. In total, the event raised over $100,000.
Co-chairs Shannon Ryerson and Renee Merrant
Tim Novak, Ryan Berg and Frank Trapani
Wanakee and master of ceremonies Michael Hill with Elizabeth Boh
Dan Greenbaum, financial development committee chair Patrice McNeal and Fr. Neal McDermott