New Orleans Artists Against Hunger and Homelessness
In 1985, music legends Allen Toussaint and Aaron Neville brought together a group of New Orleans musicians to perform a concert that would benefit the hungry and homeless in the city. Because of that musical event, the New Orleans Artists Against Hunger and Homelessness (NOAAHH) was founded.
Since, musicians from New Orleans and all over the world have donated their time and talent to help the organization address these critical community issues through benefit concerts and celebrity mixers. Currently, the Greater New Orleans region is reported to have the 8th highest rate of food hardship in the nation, in addition to thousands of homeless individuals, families and children.
With the support of these special artists, NOAAHHhas raised more than $2 million for charity through donations, sponsorships and concert proceeds.
In turn, the organization distributes the funds raised as grants to philanthropic agencies and charities in the Greater New Orleans region. To date, NOAAHH has assisted more than 50 charitable groups experienced in providing food and shelter to those in need.
Joining NOAAHH in their efforts are corporate sponsors, who donate cash and in-kind services to help cover event production costs. Sponsors are duly recognized in NOAAHH’s extensive publicity and signage. Proceeds are distributed in metro New Orleans by the NOAAHH Board of Directors using a carefully screened grant application process.
NOAAHH is governed by an all-volunteer board of directors, led for its first 25 years by Sister Jane F. Remson, O.Carm.
NOAAHH Board 2017
Pierre S. Hilzim, President
Sandra E. Cordray, Vice President/Treasurer
Beth Landry, Secretary
Sr. Jane F. Remson, O.Carm., President Emeritus
Celeste Shelsey Anding
Brooke Duncan III
Rachel Simes Guttmann
Anna F. Scardulla
Michelle W. Scelson
Maurice A. Trosclair
NOAAHH Awards $50,000 in Grants for 2016
NOAAHH awarded grants to 16 organizations, whose representatives are shown below, that help those who are hungry and homeless in the Greater New Orleans region.
Yes You Can Can Get Your Toussaint T-Shirt
Here's another way to observe Allen Toussaint's birthday. Buy a "yes you can can" T-shirt to benefit NOAAHH and pay tribute to Allen Toussaint. Denise Lawson, Toussaint's niece, developed the idea for the tribute shirts as a way to support NOAAHH and keep the fight against hunger and homelessness going strong. Shirts are only $30 and can be purchased through this link.
City Council Celebrates Toussaint Day 2017
Watch a clip from the Toussaint documentary shown at the City Council meeting.
At the Jan. 12 New Orleans City Council meeting, Reggie Toussaint and Alison Toussaint LeBeaux, at right, were presented the signed and framed resolution, passed last year, proclaiming Jan. 14 as Allen Toussaint Day. Part of the presentation included showing of a segment from the documentary, "A Tribute to Toussaint." The documentary, produced by WLAE, features the NOAAAH concert on the occasion of Allen Toussaint's 75th birthday. The documentary premiered in April 2014 at the Seventh Annual Sync Up Cinema Film Screening in New Orleans. Since, the documentary has been released to more than 200 Public Broadcasting Stations across the country. Below, from left, NOAAHH President Pierre Hilzam, Deacon John Moore, Reggie Toussaint and Alison Toussaint LeBeaux address the council.
NOAAHH Event With Delfeayo Marsalis, Uptown Jazz Orchestra Great Success
NOAAHH's Jan. 11 benefit concert celebrating Allen Toussaint Day at Snug Harbor was a rousing success, with amazing music, an over-flowing crowd and much-appreciated funds raised to fight hunger and homelessness in New Orleans. The event welcomed guest artists Davell Crawford and Naydja CoJoe. NOAAHH thanks all who attended. See more photos.
Toussaint Family Keeps The Legacy Alive
Reggie Toussaint and Alison Toussaint LeBeaux, children of Allen Toussaint, help keep their father's legacy alive. Here, they are part of the French Quarter Festival's announcement of its 2016 tribute to Toussaint. The House of Blues also hosted an official 2016 French Quarter Festival after-party as a tribute to Toussaint, which benefitted NOAAHH.
NOAAHH presents an active calendar of concerts and events to raise funds to fight hunger and homelessness.
Jan. 11, 2017
Delfeayo Marsalis and the Uptown Jazz Orchestra honor Allen Toussaint Day at Snug Harbor.
April 8, 2016
Toussaint Tribute At French Quarter Festival & House Of Blues NOAAHH Benefit, featuring The Allen Toussaint Band-Leo Nocentelli (The Meters, Big Sam of Big Sams Funky Nation, James Andrews, Walter Wolfman Washington, Davell Crawford and Robin Barnes
Jan. 23, 2016
NOAAHH Silent Auction at The Nobles Farewell Concert. At Rock N Bowl, NOAAHH benefitted from a Silent Auction. The Nobles also performed a tribute to Allen Toussaint
Dec. 8, 2015
A Tribute to Allen Toussaint Featuring Paul Simon and Friends at Le Petit Theatre. NOAAHH's 30th Anniversary Benefit Concert included a reception at Dickie Brennan's Tableau. Award-Winner Sponsor: Diageo. Hit-Maker Sponsors: Parkway Bakery & Tavern, Phyllis M. Taylor, Charlotte Bollinger, Joshua Feigenbaum, Laney and Ruth Chouest and Cyndi Lauper.
MAY 11, 2014
Empty Bowls Project concert with musicians Jon Cleary, Freddie King and Deacon John Moore
New Orleans Artists Against Hunger and Homelessness, a 501(c)3 organization, raises money to help the hungry and homeless through concerts, galas and other events.
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 ability to provide a basic supply of necessary food. Households with children are at greater risk.
Our primary source of revenue is ticket sales to NOAAHH events.
Other sources of income include corporate and underwriting sponsorships for events, which provide significant public exposure for the sponsor.
NOAAHH is always welcome to new sponsors.
Many celebrities who support our organization and cause donate personal items and art works, auctioned at our various events.
You don't have to participate in our events to help NOAAHH. Many persons and organizations, sharing our desire to fight hunger and homelessness, make donations to NOAAHH throughout the year. It's easy to donate on this website under the Donate tab.
NOAAHH Benefits From Other Events
Non-NOAAHH produced musical events generate funds that the producers would like to donate to worthy, qualified charitable organizations. In these instances, NOAAHH functions as a foundation, which ensures efficient distribution of the funds.
Which Organizations Receives NOAAHH Funding?
Proceeds from fundraising events are distributed by the NOAAHH Board of Directors to Greater New Orleans regional philanthropic, nonprofit agencies and charities experienced in providing food and shelter.
NOAAHH has distributed more than $2 million to charity since its first concert in 1985. Organizations receiving NOAAHH grants include:
NOAAHH has been extraordinarily successful through its events. This success springs from the support of our many corporate sponsors, the City of New Orleans, commuity volunteers, and the local and national musicians who have given so generously of their time and talents. The list of artists and celebrities who have helped NOAAHH include:
Allen Toussaint, Aaron Neville, Jimmy Buffett,
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.
Check Out NOAAHH's History In This Video Scrapbook
This 30-year compilation of NOAAHH highlights was put together by former 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.
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.
NOAAHH Needs You
NOAAHH welcomes you and your voluntary contributions to help fight hunger and homelessness. Contact us to learn more.
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.
YOU can help NOAAHH reach out to fight hunger and homelessness in the New Orleans area. We welcome your involvement and support in our cause.
All donations are fully tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
There are many ways to help. Become a sponsor of an upcoming event. Donate cash or in-kind services. Attend a NOAAHH event and bring your friends. Or spread the word about NOAAHH and the great work we do in the New Orleans region.
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 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:
PO Box 23776
If you'd like to receive more information about upcoming NOAAHH events and activities, and receive updates on how NOAAHH funds are benefitting the community, please email email@example.com
New Orleans City Council Declares Jan. 14 Allen Toussaint Day
The New Orleans City Council passed a resolution declaring Jan. 14, the birthday of Allen Toussaint, as Allen Toussaint Day. Toussaint's family joined the Council in celebrating the life and works of the New Orleans musician, who passed away Nov. 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 Susan 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."
NOAAHH distributed $26,000 in grants to 14 organizations serving the Greater New Orleans region. March 2015.
NOAAHH appreciates your support. All donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law. 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:
PO Box 23776
New Orleans, LA 70183