More than 450 patrons came to celebrate trailside for “The Greenway Soiree,” the largest crowd yet for Friends of Lafitte Greenway. The $97,000 raised at the benefit goes right back in supporting work that benefits all, including making safe bike and pedestrian connections, completing the last half-mile of the trail and bringing the Greenway to life with arts, culture, fitness and events for all.

Thirteen local restaurants provided bites for partygoers, including: Clesi’s Restaurant and Catering, Dooky Chase’s Restaurant, Gabrielle Restaurant, Hey Coffee Co., Katie’s Restaurant and Bar, MOPHO, Napoleon House, Parkway Bakery & Tavern, Piece of Meat, Quintin’s Natural Ice Cream, Rosedale Restaurant, St. James Cheese Company and The Velvet Cactus. Libations were provided by Second Line Brewing, Bizou Wines, Seven Three Distilling, The Velvet Cactus, Mystic Vines and The Barman’s Fund.

Musical entertainment on the Greenway included Mario Abney & The Abney Effect and Slick Leo. Live and silent auctions featured Greenway businesses.

Honorary Hosts were Larry Barabino, Rusty White and Jeff Schwartz. The Mystic Krewe of Nyx was also honored for building a new inclusive playground on the Greenway, debuting in 2020.

Friends of Lafitte Greenway works in partnership with the City of New Orleans, NORD and other public entities to build, program and promote the Greenway as a great public space. 

Event at a Glance

What: “The Greenway Soiree,” benefiting Friends of Lafitte Greenway

When: Friday, October 4, 2019

Where: The Cellar on St. Louis

Philanthropic Fun: Taking to the Trail

Sophie Vorhoff and Jared Brossett 

Philanthropic Fun: Taking to the Trail

Nellie Catzen, Co-Chairs Ellen Frischhertz and Leonetta Terrell and Sophie Vorhoff