The third annual fundraiser for the Youth Empowerment Project, “YEP Fest,” which included a lively Patron Party and festival, raised more than $250,000 to help underserved youth through education, mentoring and employment readiness and enrichment programs.

The Patron Party kick-off, hosted by Margaret and Kenneth Beer, featured an open bar and a silent auction.

Speakers at the Patron Party included Event Co-Chair Elizabeth A. Boh, Executive Director and Co-Founder/CEO Melissa Sawyer and Community Relations Director at IberiaBank Megan Beer Eustis. Sarah Busch and Suzanne Rusovich also served as Co-Chairs.

Chef Scot Craig of Katie’s Restaurant served delectable bites. The Patron Party silent auction items included paintings by Elise Allen and Mac Ball; a one-week stay at a Seaside Watercolor home; a black-and-gold guitar with Cam Jordan’s signature; a Bottega Venta shoulder bag; a wooden sculptural table by Artisan Millshop; and a one-week stay at Tops’l Sandestin condo.

The Patron Party was followed by “YEP Fest” presented by IberiaBank, held on Saturday, March 24, on the 1500-1800 blocks of Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. Local businesses were invited to compete in pedicab races; Palmisano won first place, beating out 20 teams in construction, media, gumbo, professional services and hospitality “heats.” Landis Construction raised the most money in YEP’s team fundraiser. Crowds enjoyed performances by Bo Dollis Jr. and the Wild Magnolias, Hot 8 Brass Band, YEP Drumline & Dance Team and Carmouche Performing Arts Academy, as well as an appearance by Laissez Boys.


Event at a Glance

What: “YEP Fest Patron Party 2019,” benefiting Youth Empowerment Project

When: Wednesday, March 20

Where: Home of Margaret and Kenneth Beer


Philanthropic Fun: Youth Enrichment

Co-Chair Sarah and John Busch with Margaret Beer

Philanthropic Fun: Youth Enrichment

Elly Lane, Ken Beer and Susu Stall