Fundraising for Our Future

City Year New Orleans Holds Its Annual “School House Rock”

Patty Riddlebarger, Fidgi Simeon, Michael Ho and Diana Lewis

Photographed by Melissa Calico

They say “children are our future,” and City Year New Orleans’ mission is to ensure that our future is safeguarded by guiding local youth through high school and beyond. This past April at Rozy’s Jazz Hall in Uptown, City Year celebrated its accomplishments with the annual event “School House Rock” while honoring founding member Norma Jane Sabiston for her longtime dedication and leadership.

Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath revealed Sabiston’s outstanding commitment to New Orleans’ youth and the city’s rebuilding. Sabiston’s efforts helped allow the new local site to be up-and-running within a mere 90 days after the storm, a process that normally takes two years. According to Blaire Tritle, City Year’s development manager, Sabiston’s “willingness to go above and beyond and lend her time and resources to our mission to ensure that more at-risk students in New Orleans have the extra support needed to get back on track in school has made her an invaluable asset and a dear friend.”

In addition to honoring Sabiston, “School House Rock” was also a fun-filled celebration. The NOCCA Jazz Ensemble provided live music throughout the night, while attendees feasted on gourmet re-creations of classic cafeteria food and sipped “High School Crushes” signature cocktails.

Four corps members also presented yearlong journals of their experiences serving with City Year, which was a particular highlight of the evening.
Mayor and First Lady Landrieu graciously served as honorary co-chairs for the event.


Event at a Glance

What: “School House Rock,” benefiting City Year New Orleans
When: Thursday, April 11
Where: Rozy’s Jazz Hall

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