Save the Date!
Don’t forget to Save the Date for our upcoming Celebrity Waiter Luncheon- with Bobby Hebert as our Honorary Chairman and Emcee- it will be unforgettable!
For the family of a child with a life-threatening illness, courageously meeting the responsibilities of each day is challenging, tiring, and emotionally draining. These delicate and oftentimes desperate families dream of a genie granting their Child’s biggest dream – an emotional escape from the reality of their everyday fight.
All proceeds from this event will support wishes granted by A Child’s Wish. We hope to see you there!
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The Barman’s Fund NOLA is ushering in the New Year with an epic fourth anniversary celebration on January 19th. We’ve been delighted to partner with this local community of philanthropists every January for these past four years, and are even more thrilled to have been generously appointed as the beneficiary of their anniversary party!
Brian Floyd created the original Barman’s Fund in New York to assist in the aftermath of the devastating Japanese earthquake. Since then, New York member bartenders donate a shift’s worth of tips every month to raise funds for various charities in the Big Apple.
Holly Williams, an old friend of Floyd and bartender at the French Quarter’s Balcony Music Club, decided to found a second chapter here in New Orleans. The interest among local bartenders has been strong and their donations last year added nearly $70,000 to local charities.
The Louisiana chapter will celebrate their fourth anniversary at the fabulous House of Blues Voodoo Garden. This deliciously satisfying event begins at 7pm, and is free and open to the public! If you’d like to invite friends, you can RSVP to the Facebook event here. There will be live music and a raffle, as well as a silent auction. For those who wish to imbibe, there will also be mouthwatering drink specials.
Credit and debit cards will be accepted at the Garden bar for alcohol and tips/donations, but cash will be necessary for the raffle and silent auction. Entertainment will be provided by DJ Snow, Tony Skratchere and Kidd Love. Andrew Healan will be the master of ceremonies. Photo booth will be provided by RedEye Photobooths. Holly Bowman will offer card readings this year as well.
As we are an all-volunteer organization, we are honored to be selected to receive all earnings, including gratuities, from this appetizing evening in the Voodoo Garden. So get your friends together and help make local children’s dreams come true!
There is no requirement to indulge, but if you do, remember to Drink with Purpose!
HOUSE OF BLUES VOODOO GARDEN 225 DECATUR ST. TUESDAY, JANUARY 19TH 7PM-MIDNIGHT
The Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust will make an initial donation of $20,000 to create the Oscar J. Tolmas Wish Fund. This fund will split costs incurred by A Child’s Wish of Louisiana in granting future wishes. This fund will be monitored by the Trust from year-to-year to determine any additional amounts the Trust wants to add to the fund.
Oscar J. Tolmas was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. He was a Veteran of WWII, attorney and real estate developer, but horse racing was his passion. In his last will and testament, he formed the Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust to support charitable organizations with their missions of helping others.
“This most generous gift of underwriting our Oscar J. Tolmas Wish Fund will provide our children wishes for many years into the future,” said ACW president Lenny Alsfeld.
A Child’s Wish of Louisiana is a non-profit organization fulfilling the dreams of critically-ill children. ACW is operated by volunteers and relies exclusively on the generosity of private donations and funding to grant wishes.
“As a 33 year old Louisiana non-profit, A Child’s Wish can now expand its mission to provide wishes to children with a limited life prognosis throughout the state,” Alsfeld added. “What a wonderful legacy to leave in Mr. Tolmas’ name!”
Recently, two local lemonade stand entrepreneurs were honored by A Child’s Wish. ACW President Lenny Alsfeld presented a certificate of appreciation to Hannah Kraus and Emma Walsdorf, which honored their contributions and dedication.
This past year, these enterprising young ladies raised $200 with their “Lemonade Day” sales. This is their second year in a row raising money for A Child’s Wish.
Both generous young entrepreneurs are sixth graders at the St Rita School in Harahan. We’re proud of you girls, keep up the good work!
Summer is here, so children manning homemade lemonade stands are no doubt all over the neighborhoods of communities across the South.
However, not every one of these junior curbside entrepreneurs consistently helps to make other children’s dreams come true!
Metairie resident Emma Kraus is operating her sidewalk non-profit supporting A Child’s Wish for the second summer in a row this year.
Congratulations Emma, and thank you for all your hard work!
Without generous souls like Emma, A Child’s Wish would not be able to bring joy and fulfillment to ill children in our area.
If you’re in the Metairie area this week, be sure to check out her stylish stand, and deliciously support her hard work and A Child’s Wish!
Here’s a heart warming story!
Here in metro New Orleans, summer has arrived!
All over the city, entrepreneurial kids are opening lemonade stands to make a few extra bucks.
But one little girl is putting her “go getter” attitude to a higher use by raising money for A Child’s Wish of Louisiana.
We want to thank D’Niah and all the other people who give their valuable time and talent to help make wishes possible for Louisiana’s critically ill children.
Oh and if you happen to see D’Niah’s lemonade stand on your way home, stop by and have a glass of lemonade, and tell her we sent you 🙂
GiveNOLA Day is the local community’s 24 hour online charitable giving event to inspire people to give generously.
It’s our day to come together as one!
Give $10 or more between midnight to midnight on May 5th by visiting the link below and your gift will receive a little “lagniappe”.
Everyone enjoyed a great time at our NFL Player’s Association Celebrity Waiters Event in January, but a few of our lucky auction winners are having even a better time enjoying the prizes they bid on and won!
One of the packages won at the event included a full day on the set of “Daddy’s Home” – a movie being filmed in New Orleans with 2 of the top “A List” Hollywood stars – Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg.
Our lucky winners spent an entire day on the set of the movie, and both Wahlberg & Ferrell were kind enough to stop and chat for a few minutes and pose for a few pictures.
A Child’s Wish would like to thank both actors for their time and generosity as well as Mac Alsfeld and his production team which helped make the special day possible. And as always, all proceeds from the event go to benefit Louisiana children with critical illness.
Thomas Morstead takes pride in a football résumé that boasts a Super Bowl ring and a Pro Bowl appearance, but the Saints punter becomes particularly demonstrative when talking about his efforts to better the community.
“I’m doing the job of my dreams on the field and I’m being very well-compensated, and that’s because of the tremendous, fanatical support for my team,” Morstead said. “I feel like giving back to people in this area is an obligation.”