“School House Rock” marqueed the merriment for City Year New Orleans at Rosy’s Jazz Hall; “Victory Begins at Home: New Orleans 1944” amassed hordes to the National WWII Museum for the 2014 Victory Ball; and, with a nod to the elegant televised soap opera, “Downton Abbey,” the Daughters of the British Empire laid out “British Afternoon Tea.” The Pavilion of Longue Vue House and Gardens was the site for the sipping.
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Mayor Mitch and Cheryl Landrieu served as the honorary chaircouple for “School House Rock,” which hailed James Carville and Mary Matalin as the 2014 School House Rock Stars. More top names were those of Norma Jane Sabiston, Ronald Carrere and Kevin Wilkins, who co-chaired the SHR host committee, and Diana M. Lewis, advisory board chairwoman. Bain Capital was the sponsor.
Noted, too, were state Rep. Walt Leger, City Councilwoman Susan Guidry, Ernesto Anguilla, Michael Connolly, Sakari Morrison, Jennifer Eplett Reilly, Jay Altman, Eli Feinstein, D’Juan Hernandez, and Sarah Usdin. For starters.
A program titled “City Year Chronicles & Ceremony” punctuated the 6-9 p.m. event, which was a celebration of service. City Year, an education-focused nonprofit organization, was founded in 1988. It partners with public schools to help keep students in school and graduate. To further this goal, teams of young AmeriCorps members commit to a year of full-time service in the schools, providing tutoring, mentoring and after-school programs.
The party’s invitation stated “Join City Year New Orleans to celebrate the service of our corps members… and learn about their work.”
Meanwhile, guests meandered about Rosy’s Jazz Hall, enjoying the food catered by the venue, casting an eye on the flowers by NOLA Tilth, and turning an ear to the NOCCA Jazz Ensemble. Those who give, often get. The gifts to the host committee were City Year Journals, as well as candied apples (remember this is a school-oriented event!) from Mister Apple. To learn about the corps members, each guest received a “homework” card, which served as an event “icebreaker,” containing images of City Year corps members.