The Innocence Project New Orleans (IPNO) celebrated its 20th anniversary of existence in 2021, starting with a private dinner at Cavan on December 2nd and a lively party under the stars at The Broadside on December 4th. The events raised $140,000 to support IPNO’s critical service work to expose the root causes of systemic racism and inequities, freeing innocent people from unjust sentences and supporting their clients living full and well lives after their release.

Approximately 65 guests enjoyed passed appetizers and an open bar at Cavan, where former clients Robert Jones, Jerome Morgan and Calvin Duncan spoke, along with IPNO Executive Director Jee Park and IPNO Board Chair Frank Neuner. There was also a very successful paddle raise where IPNO clients Robert Jones and Jerome Morgan served as the auctioneers. State Representative Royce Duplessis also spoke and led IPNO in honoring their freed clients.

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The outdoor program at The Broadside hosted approximately 350 partygoers and featured special lighting design by Pyramid Audio, a live show by Hot 8 Brass Band and a documentary short film about IPNO produced by JoLu Productions. Cuisine was provided by Ms. Linda’s YaKaMein, The Black Roux Collective and Milkfish. Donald Lewis served as the emcee, announcing clients when they came on stage, and thanked the sponsors.

The benefit was presented by Jason Flom and Wrongful Conviction Podcasts. Sponsors included JusticeAid, The Broadside, Goldring Family Foundation and Sazerac New Orleans, VOTE, Covington and Burling, LLP, Jones Walker LLP and Bizou Wines.

Event At A Glance

What: Under the Stars: 20th Anniversary Celebration benefiting Innocence Project New Orleans (IPNO) 

When: December 2 & 4, 2021

Where: Cavan and The Broadside

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Under the Stars: 20th Anniversary Celebration benefiting Innocence Project New Orleans (IPNO)

Avery Pardee, Frank Neuner Jr., Ret. Chief Justice Bernette J. Johnson

Under the Stars: 20th Anniversary Celebration benefiting Innocence Project New Orleans (IPNO)

Erin Monju, Kendra Anderson, Richard Davis 

Under the Stars: 20th Anniversary Celebration benefiting Innocence Project New Orleans (IPNO)

Jerome Morgan, Calvin Duncan, Robert Jones

Under the Stars: 20th Anniversary Celebration benefiting Innocence Project New Orleans (IPNO)

Jee Park, Stanwood Duval Jr. 

Under the Stars: 20th Anniversary Celebration benefiting Innocence Project New Orleans (IPNO)

Janet Duval, Judy Perry Martinez

Under the Stars: 20th Anniversary Celebration benefiting Innocence Project New Orleans (IPNO)

Micah Fincher, Jenn Hull