New Orleans, LA (March 19, 2018) – Today, the Greater New Orleans Foundation announced that Irma Thomas and The Soul Rebels will headline the second annual GiveNOLA Fest, a free outdoor concert which will take place on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 from 5PM – 8:00PM at the Greater New Orleans Foundation’s Center of Philanthropy (919 St. Charles Ave) on the Circle. Festival goers will arrive to the sounds of a local DJ from 5 – 5:30PM. Then, back by popular demand, Irma Thomas will take the stage at 5:30PM, followed by some funk and soul by eight-piece brass ensemble The Soul Rebels.
“We have a lot of festivals in our region, but GiveNOLA Fest, a festival to celebrate giving, is special,” said Irma Thomas, a long-time supporter of GiveNOLA Day. “May 1st is one day to give as one. Festival-goers will be able to gather together to enjoy some great music and show their support to all the wonderful local nonprofits that build our community.”
GiveNOLA Fest will be a celebration of giving, benefitting more than 750 nonprofits signed up to participate in the fifth annual GiveNOLA Day, which is a a community-wide, 24-hour online giving day that will take place on May 1, 2018 from 12AM – 11:59 PM. In true New Orleans tradition, New Orleans food and drink will be available at GiveNOLA Fest from a myriad of different restaurants, including Blue Oak BBQ, Company Burger, Pressed NOLA, Ralph Brennan Catering & Events, and Taceaux Loceaux. A portion of the proceeds from the festival will benefit the GiveNOLA Day “Lagniappe Fund,” a local pool of incentive dollars raised by sponsors that will be proportionally shared with every participating nonprofit.
According to the Greater New Orleans Foundation President and CEO Andy Kopplin, “GiveNOLA Fest is a way to celebrate the spirit of giving that is so strong in our community. We look forward to our fifth GiveNOLA Day and helping raise $5 million for nonprofits that do so much to make this a thriving community for all.”
GiveNOLA Fest will feature GiveNOLA Day’s traditional real-time leaderboard which will display the millions of dollars being donated through the generosity of the giving community. In the past four years, GiveNOLA Day, which is a community-wide, 24-hour online giving day, has raised more than $15 million for regional nonprofits. Last year alone, the giving day raised an astonishing $4.9 million. This year, the Greater New Orleans Foundation hopes to raise at least $5 million from 40,000 donations for more than 750 local nonprofits.
“Whether you step in to see the leaderboard, listen to the concert, grab some grub, or visit the Entergy donation station, we hope you will join us for some great live music and a celebration of giving at this year’s GiveNOLA Fest,” said Kopplin.
New this year, attendees at GiveNOLA Fest can enter to win one of two sets of Southwest Airlines tickets, thanks to Southwest Airlines, via a donation to the Lagniappe Fund. For full details, please visit the Entergy Donation Station at GiveNOLA Fest or GiveNOLA.org/Fest.
All donations made on the GiveNOLA.org website or at donation station at GiveNOLA Fest go directly to participating nonprofits working on a broad range of issues: arts & culture, animals, community improvement, education, environment, health, housing, human rights, human services, public safety & crime, and youth development. The Greater New Orleans Foundation does not collect any fees from contributions in order for the nonprofit organizations to receive the maximum benefit. For more information, visit www.GiveNOLA.org.