Second Annual Virtual “Holiday Tree Lighting & Music Festival”


Poydras Home kept their new holiday tradition alive by lighting up the night with their holiday tree on the corner of Magazine Street and Jefferson Avenue. The illumination ceremony took place on December 3, 2020, and the tree stayed bright for more than five weeks during the 2020 holiday season to offer love, hope, comfort and joy to all.

The COVID-19 pandemic prevented the usual gathering on the Poydras Home front lawn, but friends of Poydras Home could enjoy the ceremonial tree lighting virtually and participate in a trio of raffles.

The Top of the Tree Sparkler Raffle featured gold and diamond earrings from Friend & Company Fine Jewelers. Under The Tree Santa’s Sack Raffle offered a compilation of favorite local flavors from Galatoire’s Restaurant, Clancy’s, The Pelican Club, Vincent’s Italian Cuisine, Langenstein’s and The Creole Creamery in the form of $100 gift certificates to each. Finally, the Stocking Stuffer Raffle offered a grab bag of gift certificates to Cafe Beignet, Company Burger, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Ted’s Frostop and Raising Cane’s.

Poydras Home CEO Erin Kolb served as emcee. Musical performances were also offered by American Legion Band, The Real Presence Trio and harpist Judy Seghers.

The celebration of peace and goodwill this holiday season commemorated the Poydras Home Healthcare Heroes of 2020 and the residents they selflessly served. They also thanked and showed our gratitude to all of the Greater New Orleans Healthcare Heroes and first responders during the COVID-19 pandemic. Poydras Home also thanked their Tree Sponsor, Hancock Whitney. 


➺ Event at a Glance

What: Second annual virtual “Holiday Tree Lighting & Music Festival,” benefiting Poydras Home 

When: Thursday, December 3, 2020

Where: Poydras Home


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Michael Mantese Videography
 American Legion Band performs
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Michael Mantese Videography
The Real Presence Trio performs 
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Michael Mantese Videography
Harpist Judy Seghers performs
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photo by Rachel Ducote
Poydras Home CEO Erin Kolb, Poydras Home CFO Mary LaValla, Tree Sponsor Hancock Whitney Senior VP Elizabeth Hefler, Tree Sponsor Hancock Whitney Assistant VP Elise Ryan and Poydras Home VP of Philanthropy Charlotte Thomas  
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Michael Mantese Videography
Lit Poydras Home tree reflected in pond

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