JFAB 2017: It’s A Wrap … Well, Not Quite Yet

 At the 2017 JFAB (l to r): The Project's Executive Director Jennifer Rizzo-Choi, Edgar 'Dooky' Chase, III, JFAB Committee Chair Dana Douglas and Honorary Chair Chef Leah Chase

At the 2017 JFAB (l to r): The Project's Executive Director Jennifer Rizzo-Choi, Edgar 'Dooky' Chase, III, JFAB Committee Chair Dana Douglas and Honorary Chair Chef Leah Chase

While the 2017 Justice For All Ball (JFAB) is just a memory – you can still have some fun and add to the final tally. The Last Chance Auction opens today and will be available for bidding until 7:00 pm on Thursday, November 2. This is not a trick but an extra treat to get your hands on items such as tickets to next year’s 30th Anniversary JFAB, a men’s Armani basket and a new mommy gift package.

View the full Last Chance Auction here.

Behind The Scenes

For those who weren’t at the Ball this year and are curious about how we ended up with two NCIS: New Orleans Behind the Scenes Tours – the only non-profit to receive such a remarkable gift – here’s the back story.

When this item came up in the live auction, auctioneer John Calhoun began to referee a battle between The Project’s Immediate Past Chair Norm Rubenstein and attorney Alan Brackett. NCIS Location Producer David Thornsberry was in the crowd and shouted that if both men agreed to accept the top bid at that moment, he would give them both a behind the scenes tour package! With great enthusiasm, Norm and Alan shouted, "Yes!!" and the deal was done.

The Wrap

For a complete review of the 2017 JFAB check out the JFAB page, where you’ll find raffle and auction winners, and links to The Advocate and Times-Picayune [LINK] stories. A small photo gallery appears on the top of the page, but you can view and purchase photos at The Red M Studio JFAB 2017 page. The St. Charles Avenue story and photos will appear in their November 2017 issue - we'll post the link on the JFAB 2017 page when they publish the story.

For those who were not at the Ball, or who missed this part of the evening, we kicked off our first live auction Fund-A-Need with a brief video of a recently completed adoption. It's a beautiful story that shows exactly how our volunteers fulfill our mission and the difference we all can make in somebody's life. Take a look. Thanks to Laurie Young of Adams and Reese and the Steele Family. You can donate to our Adoption Program through the Last Chance Auction or anytime at: TPBP DONATE

We’ve heard lots of positive comments from those who attended, thoughts about what we need to work on, and ideas on how we might celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Justice For All Ball in 2018.

Thanks to all our Benefactor, Patrons, and Sponsors and those who attended and supported the mission of The Project by bidding on auction and raffle items, buying posters, or contributing to the Fund-A-Need segment of the live auction. Special thanks to all our restaurants, the Bucktown All-Stars, Leah Chase Kamata and her trio, the Chase Family and Friends, Solomon Group, Goldring Family Foundation, Offscript Productions, Mark Romig, and media partners Gambit and CityBusiness, as well as the many other businesses and individuals who contributed to the success of this year’s event.

We hope to see everyone again in 2018 as we celebrate the big 3-0!!