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“Giants of Jazz: Art…

Nov 20 - Dec 17, 2017
This spring, art and music converge as The Historic New Orleans Collection… more

Always for Pleasure…

Nov 20 - 21, 2017
The ALWAYS FOR PLEASURE FESTIVAL (AFP) is 5 days of movies, music, art,… more

Amazing Scavenger…

Nov 20, 2017 - Jul 03, 2027
Turn New Orleans into a giant game board with this fun scavenger hunt… more

David Hansen's Garden…

Nov 20, 2017
Since 2006, Hansen's Garden District Jazz Trio has performed every night at… more

David Hansen's Garden…

Nov 20 - Dec 29, 2017
Since 2006, Hansen's Garden District Jazz Trio has performed every night at… more

East of the…

Nov 20, 2017 - Jan 07, 2018
The New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) will present East of the Mississippi:… more

Monday Blues

Nov 20, 2017 - Jan 05, 2026
In The Voodoo Garden, All Ages. Get your live local blues fix with Sean Riley. more

OKC Thunder @ New…

Nov 20 - 20, 2017
Come experience NBA basketball at its best as the Pelicans take on the NBA's… more

The Somerton Suitcase…

Nov 20, 2017
The Somerton Suitcase is live every Monday night at VASO on Frenchmen St. Catch… more

Christmas Tree…

Nov 21 - 21, 2017
Join us at the Outlet Collection at Riverwalk during the annual Christmas Tree… more

East of the…

Nov 21, 2017 - Jan 07, 2018
The New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) will present East of the Mississippi:… more

Le Meridien Presents…

Nov 21 - 25, 2017
Le Méridien New Orleans presents a gourmet burger pop-up bar in LMNO… more

Singer/Songerwriter…

Nov 21, 2017 - Jan 06, 2026
In The Voodoo Garden, All Ages. House of Blues New Orleans hosts a new weekly… more

Live Opera…

Nov 22 - 22, 2017
Opera Returns to Bourbon Street. Enjoy FREE opera entertainment at the Puccini… more

San Antonio Spurs @…

Nov 22 - 22, 2017
Come experience NBA basketball at its best as the Pelicans take on the NBA's… more

The Fountain Lounge…

Nov 22 - Dec 27, 2017
Join us at the Fountain Lounge every Wednesday  to enjoy music from Tom… more

Heart of the House

Nov 23, 2017 - Jan 08, 2026
In The Voodoo Garden, All Ages. Heart of the House puts the spotlight on House… more

Le Meridien Hotel…

Nov 23 - 23, 2017
Le Meridien New Orleans will be hosting a wonderful Thanksgiving Day Buffet!… more

Lilith in Loa…

Nov 23, 2017
From Laurel Canyon to the West Village, Nashville to New Orleans, the LOA Bar… more

2017 Battle of the…

Nov 24 - 24, 2017
The Bayou Classic is more than a football game. This annual event is one of the… more

“Giants of Jazz: Art…

Nov 20 - Dec 17, 2017
This spring, art and music converge as The Historic New Orleans Collection… more

Mayor Landrieu Calls on Citizens to Help Those Affected by the Mississippi River Flooding

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact:
Ryan Berni
504-658-4992 (office)
504-621-9504 (cell)

MAYOR LANDRIEU CALLS ON CITIZENS TO HELP THOSE AFFECTED BY THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER FLOODING IN ATCHAFALAYA BASIN
Establishes NOLA Pay It Forward Fund

NEW ORLEANS, LA (May 25, 2011) – Today, Mayor Mitch Landrieu established the NOLA Pay It Forward fund for New Orleanians to contribute to recovery efforts following the Mississippi River flooding disaster. Created by the City of New Orleans in partnership with the Greater New Orleans Foundation, the fund will assist those communities impacted by the Mississippi River flooding including those along the Atchafalaya Basin.

“The people of New Orleans understand loss and the importance of helping others,” said Mayor Landrieu. “We want our neighbors to know that we stand ready to assist using any means possible including emergency personnel, equipment, and financial resources.”

“We welcome this partnership with the City of New Orleans and we’re pleased to administer the NOLA Pay It Forward Fund,” said Albert Ruesga, President and CEO of the Greater New Orleans Foundation. “The Fund will provide resources for early relief efforts and long-term rebuilding for those communities negatively impacted by the opening of the Morganza spillway.”

The fund received its first pledge today. A percentage of funds raised by the 2011 New Orleans Wine and Food Experience will be contributed to the fund once this weekend’s event concludes.

"The New Orleans Wine & Food Experience has been committed to supporting our community from its inception," stated Kevin Kimball, NOWFE President. "There was no question about our support of Mayor Landrieu's NOLA Pay it Forward Initiative. We stand ready whenever our neighbors are in need." The 2011 event began Tuesday evening, May 23 and continues through Saturday, May 28.

Along with encouraging donations to the NOLA Pay It Forward fund, the City is also compiling an inventory of City assets – including manpower and equipment – which will be mobilized for communities in need of assistance.

“All of our public safety agencies stand ready to assist parishes that are deeply affected by this crisis,” said Deputy Mayor of Public Safety Lt. Col. Jerry Sneed. “We recently sent teams to Tuscaloosa, Alabama, earlier this month in the wake of the tornado disasters and will be fully equipped to help our fellow Louisianians in this effort.”

Donations to the NOLA Pay It Forward fund can be made online at http://www.gnof.org/donors/give-now , or by contacting Lauren Cecil, manager of donor relations at the Greater New Orleans Foundation at (504) 598-4663 or lauren@gnof.org.

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