“WYES – 60 Years and Still Groovin’” will be held on Thursday, March 23, at the home of Dana and Steve Hansel. At this gala, WYES will celebrate 60 years as our region’s educator and storyteller, and pictured Co-Chairs Mary and Bill Hines, C.C. and Bill Langenstein and Hunter Hill (not pictured: Kaylea Hill) and […]
Even through we’re just beginning to recover from Carnvial, as you can see, March is a very busy month for nonprofit events! Please look carefully at our calendar and attend everything that you can, because each of these fundraisers support essential pieces of what makes our city amazing. On that note, please pay special attention […]
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Jefferson Performing Arts Society 6400 Airline Drive • Metairie box office: 504-885-2000 • www.jpas.org Now in its 39th season and at home in the beautiful new Jefferson Performing Arts Center, the organization led by Artistic Director Dennis Assaf offers a line-up of shows sure to excite audiences from around the region. Performances also are […]
Southern Repertory Theatre New Orleans • Box office: 504.522.6545 www.southernrep.com Each weekend during the run of mainstage shows, audiences can look forward to free pre-show performances, panel discussions and actor talk-backs. Check the website for updated details on upcoming performances. Upcoming: “Sweet Bird of Youth” (March 22-April 16). Southern Rep continues its commitment to […]
Blockbuster slated at Saenger The 2016-17 musical season is in the home stretch at the Saenger Theater, with the 20th anniversary tour of “Rent” and Grammy-nominated musical “Waitress” scheduled in April and June, respectively. But big news about the next season has already leaked, with word that “Hamilton” will be in the lineup. The Saenger […]
A “Walk of Stars” welcomed guests to Young Audiences of Louisiana’s seventh annual gala, with Hollywood-style larger-than-life cutouts of local community leaders; these “star dancers” would later compete in a “Dancing With The Stars” competition with professional dancers to support Young Audiences of Louisiana’s school and summer arts education programs, which help student development through a combination of academics, arts, culture and life skills activities.
Star dancers included Mark El-Amm, attorney at El-Amm & Associates LLC; Holley Haag, Senior Vice President and Commercial Lender, First NBC Bank; Russ Herman, Senior Partner at Herman Herman & Katz LLP; Tonya Johnson, Education Program Consultant, Louisiana Department of Education; Dr. Tami Singleton, philanthropist and oncologist; Dr. David Silvers, founder and Head Physician, Metairie Gastroenterology; and Joan Zaslow, community activist. Russ Herman took home the coveted People’s Choice award for receiving the most votes.
Celebrity judges included Charles Divins, WDSU-TV Morning Anchor; Ivy Kushner, philanthropist and community activist; Dennis Lomonaco, CEO of Story Block Media, Executive Director of What You Give Will Grow; and Kenny Lopez, WGNO-TV reporter.
Max Messier, local mixologist and founder of Cocktail & Sons, lent his libation expertise by creating a boozy Bourbon Smash with mint and lemon verbena syrup, which served as the signature cocktail. Harrah’s Casino catering provided small bites and a delectable buffet.
New Orleans’ own Soul Heirs set the mood with contemporary jazz, and Javier Juarez provided intermission entertainment, performing “Viva Malambo.”
More than 240 guests attended the event, while more than 150 individuals and families, who voted on their favorite dancer from as far away as California, supported the event.
The event was co-chaired by philanthropist Heidi Dugan and WWL-TV’s Tamica Lee. Attorney and Community Activist Anita Demps served as silent Auction Chair.
EVENT AT A GLANCE
What: “Dancing for the Arts,” benefiting Young Audiences of Louisiana When: Saturday, November 5, 2016 Where: The Theatre at Harrah’s New Orleans Casino