Shades of blue filled Generations Hall as 400 partygoers gathered for a night of blues music, the best of local bites and support for the youth crime prevention programs of Crimestoppers GNO.

Bunches of blue balloons, twinkle lights and flowers decorated the room where partygoers danced the night away to blues music – including a tribute to Dr. John, who headlined the first “Night of Blue” – and more performances by Rockin’ Dopsie, Charmaine Neville, Matt Lemler, Bruce “Sunpie” Barnes, James Andrews, Robin Barnes and the Bucktown All-Stars.

Thirty restaurants served up menu highlights including Galatoire’s, Haydel’s Bakery, Pascal’s Manale, Jaeger’s Restaurant, Desi Vegas, Oceana Grill, Mr. Johns Steakhouse, Muriels, Acme Oyster House, Pigeon Catering, Royal House, The Chicory, Katie’s Restaurant and Mirepoix’s Catering, capped by a sundae bar from Creole Creamery.

More than 40 silent auction items were available for bidding, which included vacation packages, Saints and Pelicans tickets, jewelry, private parties at Pat O’Brien’s and the Tchoup Yard, media packages and an in-home dinner party prepared by chef Kevin Belton.

Event Chairs were Winnie and Mark Brown. New Orleans City Council President Helena Moreno was the Honorary Chair, and Eric Paulsen served as Master of Ceremonies.

Top sponsors for the event were Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust, Bollinger Enterprises, Goldring Family Foundation, Woldenberg Foundation, Patrick Family Foundation, BrownRice Marketing, Pascal’s Manjale and WWL-TV.

Event at a Glance

What: “A Night of Blue” benefiting Crimestoppers GNO

When: Thursday, September 12

Where: Generations Hall

Philanthropic Fun: Backing the Blue

 Charmaine Neville with Bob Edmundson and Kathleen Parke Edmundson

Philanthropic Fun: Backing the Blue

Paulette and Frank Stewart

Philanthropic Fun: Backing the Blue

Stephanie Landry, Scott Illing and Tenisha Stevens

Philanthropic Fun: Backing the Blue

Michael Glaser, President and CEO Darlene Costanza, Lisa Romano and Vincent Giardina

Philanthropic Fun: Backing the Blue

Robert and Kathy Zetzmann