The National Kidney Foundation of Louisiana raised more than just awareness to end kidney disease – the 120 patrons in attendance raised over $40,000 to go directly to patient programs and services through the annual benefit, “Le Gala de la Bonne Vie,” now in its 26th year.

Celebrity emcee Camille Whitworth, professional journalist and entrepreneur, hosted the event. Four “Kidney Heroes” were honored for their support and diligent volunteer work for the foundation: Dwight Barnes, John Firmin, Rhonda Ruiz and Eleanor Stewart.

Food and beverages were provided by a host of chefs and mixologists, including: chef Jean Luc Albin of Maurice’s French Pastries, chef Rene Bajeux, Master Chef Ziggy Cichowski of Maple Street Patisserie, chef Pauly Dauterive of SWEGS Kitchen, chef Keri Dotson of The Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine, Galatoire’s 33 Bar & Steak, chef Justin Kennedy of Parkway Bakery & Tavern, chef Nathan Richard of Kingfish Kitchen & Cocktails, James Moises of Bizou Wines, chef Chad Roldan of Marriott at the Convention Center, chef Jacques Soulas of Cafe Degas, Daniel Victory of Victory Bar, chef Grant Wallace of Morton’s the Steakhouse and chef Jason Walter of 5Fifty5.

More than 70 exquisite items were available for bidding, including Swarovski jewelry, ornaments, live performance packages and a chef’s experience cheese making and tasting course with New Orleans Marriott on Canal Street’s Executive Chef Jason Walter.


What: 26th annual “Le Gala de la Bonne Vie,” benefiting National Kidney Foundation of Louisiana
When: Sunday, June 26
Where: New Orleans Convention Center Marriott