The Pikachu statue emblazoned with the hashtag #Pokemonument that suddenly appeared in a Lower Garden District fountain and then just as quickly disappeared sold at auction for $2,000 on Sunday, multiple media outlets reported.
By Claire Byun
The rogue artists behind the mysterious Pokemon statue erected in Coliseum Square Park earlier this summer hope to use the monument as a force for good, and the neighborhood and its fountains stand to benefit from their efforts after the statue is auctioned off this weekend.
Businesses and organizations on Freret Street have been individually responding to the Baton Rouge-area flooding for the past two weeks, and now they are uniting their efforts to focus on providing for families’ babies and pets that other relief efforts may not reach.
City of New Orleans officials alongside NOLA FOR LIFE and CeaseFire partners, and other community organizations and institutions will host the third annual CeaseFire Peace Festival in Central City on Saturday, August 20. Hosted by DJ Wild Wayne, the festival will be a celebration of the communities and organizations that are working collaboratively to create peace and safety in New Orleans.
Several local and national organizations have put a call out to request donations and volunteers in the wake of Louisiana’s historic flooding, which has so far killed six, according to the Weather Channel, and forced rescues of 20,000 more. Here are local and national places to give monetary donations and goods.
Church Alley Coffee & The Good Shop, located at 1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., is collecting toiletries, shoes, socks, cleaning supplies, baby wipes, formulas, car seats, fans, contractor garbage bags, gloves, and utility knives.
The Organ Grinders (OG) with the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic and Assistance Foundation (NOMAF) will host their 3rd Annual Summer Blood Drive for the community to donate blood in response to this summer’s ongoing violence. The Hawaiian-themed drive, titled “Everybody Gets Lei’d”, takes place this Sunday, August 7, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Rock ‘N’ Bowl, located at 3000 S. Carrollton Ave.
On Sunday, July 31, Bridge House/Grace House will host “Christmas in July”, a dinner that provides a traditional holiday meal, toiletries, and more for the homeless. The dinner also raises awareness of the substance abuse treatment services provided by Bridge House/Grace House.
On Thursday, July 28, Southern Eye Bank will host the Strikes for Sight Blindfold-Bowling Night, a family-friendly event meant to draw attention to the challenges of corneal blindness and help promote Southern Eye Bank’s mission of providing ocular tissue to those in need. Tickets include lane and ball rental, food, beer, and more.
The fifth annual Backyard Cut Session on Saturday in the Freret neighborhood will feature three DJs spinning their favorite vinyl records with free food, raffles and dancing to support a senior center on Carrollton Avenue.
The party, hosted by the People Say Project, will start at 5 p.m. Saturday, July 9 at 4636 South Saratoga, with a $10 suggested donation.
“The party of the summer happens Saturday, July 9 when DJ’s Rik Ducci, Justin Thomas and Yamin return to the yard for our 5th annual Backyard Cut Session,” the announcement reads. “This year’s proceeds benefit Uptown Shepherd’s Center, a senior activity center on Carrollton Ave. Nothing but vinyl, BYOB, free food, raffles, dance contests and $10 suggested donation to benefit USC. Stay tuned and prepare to get sweaty!”
ClawCrib, a safer system for boiling crawfish, is teaming up with Southern Hospitality Catering to host “Tchoup, Drop & Roll”, a fundraiser in support of fire safety. The event will take place on Saturday, June 25, from 4 to 6 p.m. at The Tchoupitoulas Yard & Zanzabar Annex, located at Tchoupitoulas & Third Streets, and proceeds will benefit Friends of the New Orleans Fire Department.
New Orleans Elite, a youth basketball organization, and #504KidsLivesMatter Mentoring Program will host their first annual “Get Fit” Fundraiser on Saturday, June 18 at the Rosenwald Recreation Center. The event will feature a Zumba class, DJ, and refreshments, and proceeds will go to programs and classes for local males ages 12 to 15.
Parkway Pakery, Tracey’s Bar, and other local po-boy shops will host a Po-Boy Street Party to support the recovery of Guy’s Po-Boys after two fires and a car crash (see Magazine Street crash sends truck into Guy’s Po-Boys). The party will take place on Saturday, June 18 at Guy’s, located at 5259 Magazine Street, from 12 to 4 p.m.
Green Light New Orleans and the Urban Conservancy, two local nonprofit organizations, received a total of $250,000 in grant money from the Allianz Katrina Fund to promote sustainable living in Orleans and Jefferson Parish by implementing programs which address energy consumption, water mitigation and fresh food access.
Update: The event has been postponed until the summer. For updates, visit Adultpromnola.com.
High Art NOLA will host their annual fundraiser, the Adult Prom Gala, this Saturday, May 14 at Republic, located at 828 S. Peters Street. The ticketed event will include a sponsored bar, DJ set, and live art all night.
Adult Prom will take place from 8 p.m. to midnight on Saturday. High Art NOLA is a 501(c)(3) organization committed to revitalizing neighborhoods with community art gardens and youth leadership programming. All ticket sales will benefit youth arts programs and Annual Winter Formal for terminally ill youth in New Orleans.
Tickets are $50 for general admission, $100 for VIP, and $250 for White Glove VIP. To learn more about the gala and ticket details, visit the event’s webpage here.
Caroline Zetzmann Calhoun, 2016 Whitney Bank Zoo To Do Chair, and her team of 400 volunteers serving on 15 committees have been working overtime for weeks to put the final touches on May 6th’s thirty-ninth annual extravaganza which will draw 5,000 attendees and benefit Audubon Zoo’s Tropical Bird House.
The culmination of a year’s worth of cajoling corporate donors, restaurants, bars, and other sponsors, this year’s gala is expected to raise $1.2 million and serve as the match for millions more in foundation, public and private sector gifts which form the basis of Audubon Institute’s almost $50 million annual budget.
The nonprofit Save Our Cemeteries will be supervising the community clean-up Tuesday of the historic Valence Cemetery in the Freret neighborhood by trimming ferns, clipping invasive vegetation, and removing trash.
Alma Peters Park area residents who maintain the park will be painting and cleaning the park this Saturday, April 16, and for their maintenance projects this year, area residents are looking for donations for equipment and supplies, as well as volunteers. The park will not be available for use on this maintenance day and possibly longer, so the paint can dry.
The 3rd Annual Fallen 5K, presented by the Tulane Navy ROTC program, will take place this Saturday, April 2, at 10 a.m. The run will raise money for the Lone Survivor Foundation and “help remember the heroes who have gone before us and paid the ultimate sacrifice”.
The #STOPPOVERTY Summit is an event that honors Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by highlighting his work in organizing the Poor Peoples Campaign. The event will take place at Sixth Baptist Church, located at 928 Felicity Street, from 9 a.m. to noon this Saturday, Jan. 16, and it will include guest speakers, interactive dialogue, and information on successful strategies in the reduction of poverty.