Philanthropic Fun: Community at the Core

The JCC hosted 275 partygoers for a festive “Center Celebration” filled with community, dancing, music and barbecue.
Lee and Co-Chair Ellen Sucherman with Cathy and Charles Glaser

The annual “Center Celebration” at the New Orleans Jewish Community Center brought the community together for a “Sweet and Saucy Night at the J.” The celebration also benefits new programs and improvements to the center for the coming year.

The festive party atmosphere in the Mintz Auditorium put partygoers in a dancing mood. The event featured a spread of Kosher barbecue by Kansas City grill master Adam Glass, who flew in to prepare the barbecue and sides. Patrons also enjoyed full open bars and specialty lemonade daiquiris to pair with their meal.

Just after learning his album, “It’s a Wonderful World,” was nominated for a Grammy, Kermit Ruffins and The Barbecue Swingers stepped on the JCC stage. Ruffins played classic New Orleans favorites and original music from his nominated album, and capped the night off with a New Orleans Saints version of “When the Saints Go Marching In.”

Co-Chairs were Ellen Kempner Sucherman and Emily Kupperman. Funds from this year’s event directly support the JCC’s Nursery School, Summer Day Camp scholarships and the ACE (Alzheimer’s Care and Enrichment) Program.

Event at a Glance

What: “A Sweet and Saucy Night at the J,” benefiting the New Orleans Jewish Community Center
When: Saturday, October 20, 2018
Where: New Orleans Jewish Community Center

Zach and Co-Chair Emily Kupperman with Aimee and Steven Bain

 Nathan and Executive Director Leslie Fischman,Lisa Lupin and Kenny Miestchovich

Mark Mintz, Jennifer Mintz, Melinda Mintz, Morris Mintz, Lara Mintz and Cliff Mintz

Allison Kupperman, Emily Kupperman, Dotty Jacobs and Betsy Rubenstein

Richard Buchsbaum, Lisa Romano and Vicky and Peter Sperling