IPNO’s “19th Anniversary Gala Online Fundraiser & Auction”

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Still from the District Attorney Candidate Forum

The Innocence Project New Orleans’ weeklong virtual gala culminated with a digital fundraiser and auction with a dedicated site with videos, silent auction and more, available for patrons to view between August 28 and September 6, 2020. The event culminated with the District Attorney Candidate Forum, which took place via Zoom on Wrongful Conviction Day.

Three candidates for district attorney in New Orleans – Keva Landrum, Arthur Hunter and Jason Williams – were questioned by IPNO clients who were wrongly convicted in Orleans Parish about their plan to prevent wrongful convictions if elected.

IPNO also honored Chief Justice Bernette Johnson for dedicating her life’s work to justice. Louisiana State Representative Royce Duplessis presented the award, designed by local artist Rontherin Ratliff.

IPNO’s client Archie Williams, who recently made it to the finals of America’s Got Talent, gave an exclusive performance of “A Change is Gonna Come” by Sam Cooke.

Auction items included special artwork: “For Dr. John” by Kewon Hunter, “Know Justice, Know Peace” cobra cuff by Serpentine Silver Queen and “Moon Gaze” by Kiernan Dunn.

All of the videos are live on YouTube. Attendance to the program was free, so all proceeds to support IPNO came through donations, auction revenue and sponsorships.

All funds support IPNO’s legal work and operating costs.


Event at a Glance
What: “19th Anniversary Gala Online Fundraiser & Auction,” benefiting Innocence Project New Orleans
When: August 28-September 6, 2020
Where: Online event website


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Honoree Chief Justice Bernette Johnson

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Auction Item “Know Justice, Know Peace” cobra cuff by Serpentine Silver Queen

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Auction Item “Moon Gaze” by Kiernan Dunn

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Auction Item “For Dr. John” by Kewon Hunter

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IPNO client Archie Williams during his performance


Photographed Courtesy of Innocence Project New Orleans

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