Photo by Anthony SchoeneckerOn Sunday, October 9, GRN supporters came out to Mondo in the Lakeview neighborhood of New Orleans to attend the fifth annual fundraiser, Defend Our Coast, Defend Our Culture. Funds raised from the event support GRN's ongoing fight for healthy waters, sustainable coastal areas, and vibrant offshore ecosystems that are essential to resilient communities and healthy wildlife.
Attendees enjoyed delectable hors d'oeuvres by Chef Susan Spicer and Sous Chef Nancy Berg and bluegrass music by the Tangler Trio while bidding on artwork and unique offerings celebrating the the culture of the Gulf Coast.
Oliver Houck of the Tulane Law School captivated the audience and brought levity to the challenges of fighting for a healthy environment with humorous stories of his experiences addressing environmental issues when he first arrived in Louisiana in the early 1970s. GRN's work in the Gulf today builds upon decades of effort, loss, and victories for the environmental movement. Houck is the author the recent Photo by Anthony Schoeneckerbook Down on the Batture which chronicles observations from his long walks between the levee and the Mississippi River around New Orleans.
Many thanks to all our supporters who attended and contributed. Special thanks to Oliver Houck, Susan Spicer, Jenni Lynch, Nancy Berg, and the wonderful staff of Mondo.
And a big round of applause to our event host committee and many supporters:
Event Host Committee
Nancy and Don Adams
Denise Berthiaume, LeMieux Galleries
Sig Greenebaum, Rehage Entertainment
Caroline Helwick and Jose Miranda
Beverly and Ray Nichols
Susan Norris-Davis and Mark Davis
Susan Spicer, Bayona and Mondo
Tippy Tippens, BirdProject
Sig Greenebaum, Stephen Rehage, and Rehage Entertainment
St. James Cheese Company
New Orleans Saints
The Tanglers Trio: Ian Cunningham, Graham Robinson, and Matt Rota
The Wine Seller
Eir Danielson is GRN's Development Director
Photo by Anthony Schoenecker