Touro Infirmary celebrated 160 years on Saturday, October 13, with their “Here for Life Gala.” Since philanthropist Judah Touro founded his namesake as a 28-bed hospital for immigrants, slaves and port travelers, the institution has remained a staple as the city’s only community and faith-based nonprofit hospital.

The soulful jazz of the Preservation All-Stars featuring Leroy Jones welcomed guests to the Marriot Hotel’s Grand Ballroom, where they enjoyed a steak dinner catered by the Marriot and an open bar sponsored by Republic National Distributing Company.

The event raised more than $300,000 for Touro Infirmary Foundation’s program services via ticket sales and a silent auction that included a stunning necklace donated by Valobra Jewelry and Antiques. The elegant accessory, which featured blue topaz and diamonds on a 14 karat white gold chain, fetched $2,500.

The Honorary Chairs were Walda Besthoff, Linda Mintz and Joel Weinstock, descendants of Touro founding physician Dr. Joseph Bensadon; Keith Stokes, a descendant of Judah Touro; and Cathy Kahn, whose grandparents met at the first Touro fundraiser in 1880.

The gala’s honorary chairs were on hand to present the Judah Touro Society Award to Marvin L. “Buddy” Jacobs for his service to Touro. The local businessman has been involved with Touro since 1963, serving a term as president of the Touro Board of Managers from 1984-1986. He is an inaugural member of the Judah Touro Society.

Event at a Glance
What:   160th “Here for Life Gala,” benefiting Touro Infirmary Foundation
When: Saturday, October 13
Where: New Orleans Marriott