Rich pink and burnt orange hues with vegetable table centerpieces highlighted the American Heart Association’s “Heart & Soul Gala” theme: the Teaching Garden.

The event began with music performed by The Stooges Brass Band. Mike Maenza served as Gala Chair. Greg Reggio led the live auction, which featured six items, including a George Rodrigue framed print of “You Can’t Drown the Blues” and a dinner party for 20 at Michael Maenza’s downtown condo, Tetto Bella. Following the auction, Sha’on And The Girls With Success took the stage. The food was provided by SWEGS Kitchen and MMI Culinary.

Guests were treated to an inside look at the teaching garden program in New Orleans with a video of the most recent garden at Mary D. Coghill Charter School.

One hundred percent of the funds raised through the gala are invested back into the New Orleans community through educational outreach programs, CPR training and certification, placement of automated external defibrillators and funding for ground breaking medical research.


What: “Heart & Soul Gala,” benefiting American Heart Association
When: Saturday, June 4
Where: Generations Hall