Welcome to NOAAHH

New Orleans Artists Against Hunger and Homelessness

"NOAAHH is the most important thing since sliced bread,"  Founder Allen Toussaint
Screen Shot 2017-01-16 at 4.15.25 PM 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, NOAAHH has raised more than $3 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
Heather Cheesbro
Brooke Duncan III
Linda Easterlin
Emily Eck
Rachel Simes Guttmann
Linda Morgan
John Pope
John Rowland
Anna F. Scardulla
Michelle W. Scelson
Maurice A. Trosclair
Nancy Trosclair

City Council Celebrates Toussaint Day 2017

Watch a clip from the Toussaint documentary shown at the City Council meeting. Screen Shot 2017-01-29 at 6.30.57 PMAt its Jan. 12 meeting, the New Orleans City Council presented Reggie Toussaint and Alison Toussaint LeBeaux with the signed and framed resolution, passed last year, proclaiming Jan. 14 as Allen Toussaint Day in honor of their father.  NOAAHH board members took part in this presentation.

The tribute at the council meeting included the showing of a segment from the documentary, "A Tribute to Toussaint."  The documentary, produced by WLAE, features the NOAAHH concert on 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.





screen-shot-2016-10-03-at-11-08-54-amConcert Honoring Allen Toussaint's Birthday At Rock 'N' Bowl

The legacy lives on.  Join New Orleans Artists Against Hunger and Homelessness in celebrating Allen Toussaint on Jan. 14, which would have been his 80th birthday!  The concert will be on the Sunday night before the Martin Luther King holiday.  Details on artists and tickets soon.

Toussaint Tribute In Times-Picayune 300 for 300 

  On Sept.tp historical story image 1, 2017, the Times-Picayune and nola.com featured an informative look at the career of our co-founder Allen Toussaint, penned by writer John Pope, a NOAAHH Board Member.  The Toussaint story is part of the 300 for 300 series, which highlights inspirational moments and people as part of the New Orleans tricentennial.  It offers a trove of photos from Toussaint's career.  Check it out. 

NOAAHH Distributes $58,500 In 2017 Grants

NEW ORLEANS – New Orleans Artists Against Hunger and Homelessness distributed $58,500 in grants to 18 organizations serving the Greater New Orleans Region. The grants were awarded at its Hunger and Homeless Awareness Meal on March 26 at Loyola University.

NOAAHH President Pierre S. Hilzim presided.  Alison Toussaint LeBeaux, daughter of NOAAHH co-founder Allen Toussaint, presented grants to the following organizations:

  • Bishop Perry Center
  • Bridge House/Grace House
  • Ciara Independent Living
  • CrescentCare
  • DePaul USA, Inc.
  • Eden House of New Orleans
  • Food for Families
  • Hope House
  • Jewish Family Service of Greater New Orleans
  • Just the Right Attitude
  • Lantern Light
  • Luke’s House
  • Ozanam Inn
  • Program of Hope
  • Project Lazarus
  • Raintree Children & Family Services
  • St. Jude Community Center
  • Southeast Louisiana Legal Services.

These organizations collectively represent 700 years of community service to the Greater New Orleans region.

Grant recipients also received bowls made by the Junior Beta Club of Holy Name of Jesus School.  The empty bowls are a symbol of hunger and the call to action.

NOAAHH was founded in 1985 when Allen Toussaint, Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee and Grammy Trustee Award recipient,and Aaron Neville, Grammy Award winner and Louisiana Music Hall of Fame inductee, brought together a group of New Orleans musicians to perform a concert to benefit the hungry and homeless of metro New Orleans.

Governed by an all-volunteer board of directors, NOAAHH has distributed more than $3 million to charity since the first NOAAHH concert 32 years ago. NOAAHH presents concerts and gala celebrity mixers to raise funds to help alleviate hunger and homelessness in the greater New Orleans region. Proceeds from the concerts are distributed by NOAAHH to philanthropic agencies and charities that are nonprofit and experienced in providing food and shelter to those in need.

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At NOAAHH's Hunger and Homeless Awareness Meal, Alison Toussaint LeBeaux (seated, center) and husband Herman LeBeaux, with NOAAHH President Pierre S. Hilzim (standing, center), and representatives of non-profits that received NOAAHH grants to address hunger and homelessness in the Greater New Orleans region.


Sacred Heart 'Empty Bowls' Project Benefits NOAAHH

Students created these beautiful bowls to call attention to hunger in our community and the world.

Students created these beautiful bowls and placemats, below, to call attention to hunger in our community and the world.

Empty bowls are a powerful symbol of hunger and the call to action. At the Academy of the Sacred Heart's Empty Bowls Hunger Awareness Dinner on March 30, the call to action was communicated through students' creativity. Guests enjoyed a simple and delicious meal of soup as they listened to the students' inspiring presentation about hunger and homeless in our  communityand the world.  Placemats designed by the students shared powerful messages of hope, and guests selected a keepsake bowl from an array of unique bowls in a rich color palette. A collaboration ofEmpty Bowls 2017 2nd, 7th and 11th grade ceramic classes, the event's proceeds benefited NOAAHH and its work in addressing the issues of hunger and homeless in the Greater New Orleans region.   NOAAHH extends its gratitude to the Academy of Sacred Heart students and faculty, and religion teacher Sue Hiedel, who also heads the school's Community Outreach.  

NOAAHH Event With Delfeayo Marsalis, Uptown Jazz Orchestra Great Success

IMG_3434 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.

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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. IMG_3369

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.


 Nov. 27, 2016 Pittsburgh

Music Night On Jupiter - A Tribute to the Life and Music of Allen Toussaint.

Nov. 29, 2016 New York's City Winery

The Music of Allen Toussaint featuring Jon Batiste and special guests.

Dec. 11, 2015 St. Louis, MO

A Tribute to Allen Toussaint featured Funky Butt Brass Band, Big Chief, Al Holliday, The Feed, Big Mike Aguirre, Dr. Zhivegas, Celebration Day, Street Fighting Band, Messy Jiverso, Funky Dragons & Play It Forward.


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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.

Ticket Sales

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. 

Auction Items

Many celebrities who support our organization and cause donate personal items and art works, auctioned at our various events.


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

Many musical events generate funds that the producers would like to donate to worthy, qualified charitable organizations.  NOAAHH often receives such funds.  In these instances, NOAAHH functions as a foundation, ensuring the monies go to fight hunger and homelessness.  

NOAAHH Grant Recipients

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 $3 million to charity since its first concert in 1985.  NOAAHH grant recipients include:
  • Bridge House/Grace House
  • By-Water Project
  • Ciara Independent Living
  • Crescent Care
  • Eden House
  • Food for Familes/Food for Seniors
  • Hope House
  • Jewish Family Services of Greater New Orleans
  • Just the Right Attitude
  • Lantern Light
  • Lindy's Place, Inc.
  • Luke’s House Clinic
  • New Orleans Bread for the World
  • New Orleans Council on Aging
  • NO/AIDS Taskforce Food for Friends
  • Project Lazarus
  • Ozanam Inn
  • Raintree Children & Family Services
  • Samaritan Center
  • Second Harvesters of Greater New Orleans
  • Southeast Legal Services
  • St. Bernard Project
  • St. Jude Community Center
  • St. Vincent de Paul Society
  • Southeast Louisiana Legal Services

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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. 

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 events are star-studded concert that offer 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

Formal gala fundraisers offer an entire evening of specially planned performances by our guest hosts.  Guests are treated to a fabulous array of food and drinks to round out a memorable evening. In addition to the musical performers, 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 others.

  NOAAHH's theme song,"Give Today for Tomorrow," was recorded by New Orleans musicians in 1985.

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.TT

Toussaint Family Keeps Legacy Alive

Reggie-Alison             In 2016, Reggie Toussaint and Alison Toussaint LeBeaux express gratitude to organizers of the French Quarter Festival for booking their late father, Allen Toussaint, at the 2015 Festival.  

Get Involved


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.


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YOU can help NOAAHH address hunger and homelessness in the Greater New Orleans region. We welcome your involvement and support. 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 Greater New Orleans region.  All sponsors are duly recognized in NOAAHH's 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:

P.O. Box 15619
New Orleans, LA 70175

If you'd like to receive more information about NOAAHH events and activities, and receive updates on how NOAAHH funds are benefiting the community, please email info@noaahh.org.


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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.




Just The Right Attitude Honors Sr. Jane Remson and NOAAHH. 


  NOAAHH recently distributed $42,000 in grants at the annual Bread for the World Hunger Awareness Meal on December 8 at Loyola University.

  NOAAHH honored Allen Toussaint with a tribute concert for his 75th birthday in April, 2013.

  NOAAHH event, Sept. 10, 2011 event at the House of Blues, New Orleans

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How to Contribute

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:
P.O. Box 15619
New Orleans, LA  70175

E-mail: info@noaahh.org