Righting Wrongs

Innocence Project celebrates 13 years of exonerations.
Photographed by Jeff Strout
Michiel Huisman and Tara Elders

The Innocence Project New Orleans, an organization that works to exonerate individuals wrongfully imprisoned – many times for life sentences – held its “13th Anniversary Gala” on May 15 at The Foundry.

This year’s anniversary event was a night of honor and recognition, especially for the 24 men who are now free of wrongful convictions thanks to the Innocence Project. An especially touching moment was recognizing Reginald Adams, who was freed from prison just days before the gala. In addition, the Innocence Project also gave special recognition to the tireless Orleans Parish public defenders and the Louisiana Bar Foundation.

Notable guests included New Orleans city councilman Jason Williams and actor Michael Huisman, of “Treme” and “Game of Thrones” fame.

DJ Elizabeth Christiansen spun tunes throughout the gala, lending the evening a jubilant and exciting atmosphere. While guests chatted, hugged and celebrated, they also indulged in food by Jacque-Imo’s, along with the Kupcake Factory and Shake Sugary, who provided desserts.

To help support The Innocence Project, gala guests placed bids on silent auction items, including fine art pieces, an exclusive Krewe of Freret membership and a Belladonna Day Spa gift certificate.
 


EVENT AT A GLANCE

What:    “Innocence Project New Orleans’ 13th Anniversary Gala”
When:  Thursday, May 15
Where: The Foundry