Innocence Project New Orleans hosted its 18th Anniversary Gala in celebration of the organization’s freed, innocent clients and in recognition of the scores of innocent men and women still incarcerated and needing legal assistance. This year, 450 attended the event which raised over $125,000, helping IPNO represent – and free – even more innocent clients while advocating for a more just and fair criminal justice system.

The 2019 Honorees were Ilham Askia and Jonathan Rapping of Gideon’s Promise and Norris Henderson and Sister Alison McCrary of Unanimous Jury Coalition.

Held at The Fillmore, 12 Seasons Catering passed appetizers including crawfish ceviche, boudin boulettes and mini cochon tacos. Buffet stations offered a wide assortment of options including a shrimp and crab penne, roasted vegetables and a carving station, and desserts included macaroons, petite eclairs, cheese cakes and a variety of cheeses.

An auction of 100 items included several vacation packages, a custom fitted suit by Fellow, Southwest plane tickets, local “staycations,” an Audrey Hepburn tray by Ashley Longshore, Thomas Mann winged heart pin necklace and a one-of-a-kind Ruth Ginsberg purse by Lalla Robinson.

The Host Committee included Event Chair Jason Flom with Nicole Burdett, Nandi Campbell, Royce Duplessis, Susan Guidry, Megan McNeill and Olivia Grey Pritchard.

IPNO says that it’s proud to have been joined by judges, celebrities, donors, members of the bar, the community, their clients and their loved ones at this incredibly popular event each year.


Event at a Glance

What: “18th Anniversary Gala,” benefiting Innocence Project New Orleans

When: Friday, May 31

Where: The Fillmore


Philanthropic Fun: Barred from Freedom

Exoneree Darrin Hill and Committee Member Olivia Grey Pritchard

Philanthropic Fun: Barred from Freedom

Honoree Sister Alison McCrary and IPNO Executive Director Jee Park