The New Orleans Artists Against Hunger and Homelessness, Inc. (NOAAHH) began in 1985 when Grammy Trustee Award Recipient and Hall of Fame Inductee songwriter/musician Allen Toussaint and Grammy Award winner and lead vocalist of the Neville Brothers, Aaron Neville, brought together a group of New Orleans musicians for the purpose of performing a concert to benefit the hungry and homeless of Metro New Orleans.
Today, NOAAHH has developed into a successful nonprofit organization that annually presents concerts and gala celebrity mixers to raise funds to help alleviate hunger and homelessness in the metro New Orleans area.
NOAAHH is governed by an all-volunteer board of directors. For its first 25 years, NOAAHH was headed by Sister Jane F. Remson, O.Carm. Currently, NOAAHH officers include Pierre Hilzim, president, Sandra Cordray, vice-president, with Sister Jane still providing guidance on the board.
Joining NOAAHH in their efforts are corporate sponsors whose support is needed to cover the production costs of the events. These sponsors donate both cash and in-kind services for which they are duly recognized in NOAAHH’s extensive publicity and on-site signage. Proceeds from the concerts are distributed in metro New Orleans by the NOAAHH Board of Directors using a carefully screened grant application process. To date, more than $2 million dollars have been distributed to charity since the first NOAAHH concert.
Organizers of the 2016 French Quarter Festival presented by Chevron recently announced details of the 33rd edition of the free festival, which kicks off April 7.
Reggie Toussaint and Alison Toussaint LeBeaux spoke briefly to express their gratitude that the French Quarter Festival booked their father, Allen Toussaint, in 2015 after a 20-year absence, and is honoring his memory this year. On Friday, April 8, the House of Blues will host an official French Quarter Festival after-party as a tribute to Toussaint. The event benefits a charity he cofounded, New Orleans Artists Against Hunger and Homelessness.
This year, NOAAHH awarded grants to 16 organizations that help those who are hungry and homeless in the New Orleans area.
N.O. City Council Declares January 14 Allen Toussaint Day
Councilmembers with friends and family of Allen Toussaint
The New Orleans City Council passed a resolution declaring January 14, the birthday of Allen Toussaint, as Allen Toussaint Day in the City of New Orleans. Toussaint's family joined the Council in celebrating the life and works of the New Orleans musician, who passed away on November 10, 2015 while on tour in Spain.
Toussaint is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame and the Blues Hall of Fame. He was also awarded the National Medal of the Arts by President Barack Obama in 2013.
District "A" Councilmember Guidry said, "Our artists and musicians are our ambassadors, as their talents, hard work, and genius creates the culture for which we are internationally known. Their travels share that culture with countless individuals and communities, and their successes and creations infuse our city with a vibrancy and soul unmatched elsewhere in the world. Allen served our city as one of our finest ambassadors."
OUR RECENT EVENTS
Tribute to Toussaint: French Quarter Festival & HOB Benefit for NOAAHH
Official French Quarter Festival afterparty featuring a night of performances by The Allen Toussaint Band with very special guests:
-Leo Nocentelli (The Meters)
-Big Sam (Big Sams Funky Nation)
- Walter Wolfman Washington
- Davell Crawford
- Robin Barnes
OUR RECENT EVENTS
NOAAHH SILENT AUCTION, JANUARY 23
The farewell concert of The Nobles on Saturday, January 23 at Rock-n-Bowl featured a NOAAHH auction. The Silent Auction opened at 8 p.m. and closed at 11 p.m. All auction proceeds benefit NOAAHH. As part of their concert, The Nobles' performed a Tribute to Allen Toussaint set. Among the auction offerings:
-A signed Frenchy Giclee print - "Sunshine on a Rainy Day" - Allen Toussaint Live at New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 2014 - Acura Stage.
-Two tickets for any 2016 Clint Black or Sara Evans concert.
-Hotel Monteleone one-night stay, with dinner and parking.
-A Johnson acoustic guitar.
-Signed 1992 Zulu poster.
-Annie Lousteau painting.
-New Orleans School of Cooking "Hands on Class for 2."
-Mignon Faget pearl necklace.
-Signed 2014 Preservation Hall Jazz and Heritage Festival poster.
-Gift baskets from Zatarain's, Café Du Monde and Kajun Kettle
-Nobles Forever Basket (t-shirts, caps, posters and more)!
A Tribute to Allen Toussaint
Featuring Paul Simon and Friends
December 8, 2015 Le Petit Theatre 616 St. Peter St., New Orleans
NOAAHH's 30th Anniversary Benefit Concert
$500 Ticket included pre-concert reception & open bar at Dickie Brennan's Tableau at 6:30pm
12/11 at The Old Rock House
Featuring Members of:
Funky Butt Brass Band
Big Mike Aguirre
Street Fighting Band
Proceeds go to New Orleans Artists Against Hunger and Homelessness
Play It Forward
$10 suggested donation
MORE ARTIST ANNOUNCEMENTS COMING
New Orleans Artists Against Hunger and Homelessness is a formal 501-C-3 organization. Money is taken in by NOAAHH through several aspects of the musical events produced by the organizations.
Our primary source of revenue is ticket sales to concerts, galas and other NOAAHH events.
Other sources of income include corporate and underwriting sponsorships for our events, which provide significant public exposure for the sponsor.
Sponsorship opportunities for Backstage 2011
Many celebrities kind to our cause donate personal items and art works which are auctioned at our various events.
Many individuals and organizations make donations to NOAAHH throughout the year, even without participation in our events.
Beneficiary of Other Events
Many non-NOAAHH produced musical events occasionally generate funds that the producers want distributed to worthy, qualified charitable organizations. In these instances, NOAAHH functions as a foundation, which assures efficient distribution of the funds.
Monies generated by NOAAHH are distributed through a grant application process. Under the guidance of Sr. Jane Remson, O. Carm., applications are reviewed and funds are allocated to qualifying organizations which feed and shelter the hungry and homeless. To date NOAAHH has distributed more than $1 million to these organizations.
Proceeds from fundraising events are distributed by the NOAAHH Board of Directors to metro New Orleans philanthropic agencies and charities that are nonprofit and are experienced in providing food and shelter to the needy. A recent study by the Food Research and Action Center reported that the New Orleans metropolitan area had the eighth-highest rate of food hardship in the nation. Food hardship is defined as the lack of money to buy food that families need and is considerably worse for households with children.
More than a million dollars has been distributed to charity since the first NOAAHH concert. Here are some of the organizations that have received NOAAHH grants:
The success of NOAAHH events relies on the support of corporate sponsorship underwriting, the City of New Orleans, volunteers from the community, and the time and talent of locally and nationally renowned musicians and artists. The list of celebrities who have participated include:
Allen Toussaint, Aaron Neville, Jimmy Buffet,
Charmaine Neville, Albert Finney, Clarence "Frogman" Henry,
Linda Ronstadt, Little Feat, Sister Bessie Griffin,
Joan Baez, Huey Lewis, Frankie Ford,
Rita Coolidge, Joni Mitchell, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band,
Wynton Marsalis, Ed Bradley, Ellis Marsalis,
Quincy Jones, Dick Gregory, The Zion Harmonizers,
Glen Campbell, The Neville Brothers, Solomon Burke,
Paul Shaffer, Maria Muldaur, Preservation Hall Jazz Band,
Boz Scaggs, Ronnie Kole, Leigh Harris,
Steven Stills, Dr. John, Johnny Adams,
Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, Nicole Nordeman,
Rob Schneider, Woody Harrelson, Nicholas Cage, Judge Reinhold, Adam Sandler, The Radiators, Laurie Anderson,
Chris Owens, Paul Simon, Delfeayo Marsalis,
John Goodman, Irma Thomas, Bobby Cure
Tammy Wynette, Uptown Allstars, Charles Neville & Friends,
Katey Sagal, The Dixie Cups, Deacon John,
Ry Cooder, Gospel Soul Children, Earl Turner,
Branford Marsalis, The Pfister Sisters, Davell Crawford,
Paul Simon, Tricia Boutte, Chris Owens,
A.J. Loria, Danny Glover, Ben Vereen,
Morton Andersen, Dave Bartholomew, James Carville,
Mary Matalin, Jon Cleary, Little Freddie King,
Shamarr Allen, Stooges Brass Band, Khris Royal, Joe Henry, Joe Stampley, Elvis Costello, Troy (Trombone Shorty) Andrews
NOAAHH's main event is a star-studded concert that offers a solid evening of entertainment for the price of admission. Because our performers are donating their talent, overhead is kept to a minimum and proceeds go directly to charities that aid those in need.
Black Tie Galas
With so many of our fans asking to get backstage to meet our performers, and with a number of movie and television celebrities offering to assist our cause, NOAAHH has gone beyond concerts and created additional events that allow fans to mingle with stars in more intimate surroundings. Called "Backstage", these formal gala fundraisers offer an entire evening of specially planned performances by our guest hosts. And our guests are also treated to a fabulous array of great food and drinks to round out a truly spectacular and memorable evening. In addition to the musical performers at these events, Backstage guests have gotten opportunities to chat with such stars as John Goodman, Ed Bradley, John Larroquette, Adam Sandler, Albert Finney, Nicholas Cage, Judge Reinhold, Rob Schneider, Danny Glover, Ben Vereen, Woody Harrelson, Dick Gregory, Ed Nelson, Katey Sagal and more.
This 30-year compliation of NOAAHH highlights was put together by Board Member Kathy Sebastian. The song, "Give Today for Tomorrow" was recorded in 1985 by a host of New Orleans musical stars.
NOAAHH's theme song,"Give Today for Tomorrow," as recorded by New Orleans musicians in 1985.
NOAAHH is governed by an all-volunteer Board of Directors who donate their time and services to produce the musical events and oversee day-to-day operations of the nonprofit corporation.
Joining NOAAHH in this effort are corporate sponsors whose support is needed to cover the production costs of the events. These sponsors donate both cash and in-kind services for which they are duly recognized in NOAAHH's extensive publicity.
Volunteering his time with NOAAHH's Board of Directors is Executive Producer Quint Davis, Producer/Director of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
Just as important are the large numbers of tireless people from the community who donate their time and talents to assist with the innumerable jobs required to put on fundraising events. These volunteers assist with everything from collecting tickets at the door to helping prepare and serve foods and beverages. Their efforts save NOAAHH thousands of dollars that would otherwise be paid for labor expenses.
The NOAAHH Board consists of:
Pierre Hilzim, President
Sandra Cordray, Vice President/Treasurer
Beth Landry, Secretary
Sr. Jane F. Remson, O.Carm. (Emeritus)
Brooke Duncan III
Rachel Simes Guttmann
To find out how you can get involved, volunteer, donate or sponsor an event, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOAAHH invites you or your company to sponsor a fun fundraiser! Donations of cash or in-kind services are always needed to defray event costs and to provide more assistance for the hungry and homeless. All sponsors are duly recognized in NOAAH's extensive publicity and promotion of the event. You can also donate directly to NOAAHH online using the link below.
If you'd like to mail in a contribution, send your donation to:
Campus Box 12
Loyola University New Orleans
New Orleans, LA 70118
If you'd like to receive more information about upcoming NOAAHH events and activities, as well as receive updates on how NOAAHH funds are benefitting the community, please email
Look for NOAAHH on GiveNOLA Day, May 5, 2015.
Please go to givenola.com and contribute.
NOAAHH invites you or your company to sponsor a fun fundraiser! Donations of cash or in-kind services are always needed to defray event costs and to provide more assistance for the hungry and homeless. All sponsors are duly recognized in NOAAHH's extensive publicity and promotion of our events
Or mail you donation the address below:
Campus Box 12
Loyola University New Orleans
New Orleans, LA 70118