Holiday Tree Lighting & Music Festival

Annual Fundraiser

Our Annual Holiday Tree Lighting & Music Festival held in early December is Poydras Home’s hallmark fundraiser that evokes the magic of the holiday season while welcoming our patrons and neighbors. The event begins with a holiday-themed Patron Party for our festival supporters followed by a celebratory, outdoor tree lighting ceremony and music festival for our residents, families, friends, patrons, and the greater community to enjoy! We are grateful for your support of Poydras Home’s annual fundraiser and we hope you will consider a corporate or individual patron sponsorship. For more information contact Vice President of Philanthropy Charlotte Thomas at 504-897-0535 /

Thursday, December 2, 2021

Save the date for Poydras Home's Third Annual Holiday Tree Lighting & Music Festival

Second Annual Virtual Holiday Tree Lighting & Music Festival

In 2020 Poydras Home kept our new holiday tradition alive by lighting up the night with our holiday tree on the corner of Magazine Street and Jefferson Avenue beginning December 3 for the holiday season to offer hope, comfort and joy. Though we could not gather on the scenic front lawn due to the pandemic, we lit our holiday tree and virtually shared the celebration.

Our peace and goodwill this holiday season commemorated the Poydras Home Healthcare Heroes of 2020 and the residents they served while also showing our gratitude to all Greater New Orleans Healthcare Heroes.

Poydras Home 2nd Annual Virtual Holiday Tree Lighting & Music Festival Sponsors



  • Hancock Whitney

Poydras Home is so thankful for the support of our Tree Sponsor, Hancock Whitney!

Pictured are Poydras Home CEO Erin Kolb, Poydras Home CFO Mary LaValla, Hancock Whitney Senior VP Elizabeth Hefler, Hancock Whitney Assistant VP Elise Ryan and Poydras Home VP of Philanthropy Charlotte Thomas.

Lights Sponsors

  • A Friend of Poydras
  • Triton Healthcare

Tree Top Sponsors

  • Carla Adams and Paul Morphy
  • Bellwether Technology
  • Katherine S. Boh
  • Bridget and Bobby Bories
  • Caroline and Bob Brickman
  • Joseph Bucher and Family
    • In Honor of the Wonderful Poydras Staff
  • Eskew Dumez Ripple
  • IMC Consulting Engineers, Inc.
  • Betty Lou and Lansing Kolb
  • Janis Gissel Letourneau, MD
  • Becky and Tommy McGoey
  • Methodist Health System Foundation
  • Cynthia Pazos and John C. Kuttruff
  • USI Insurance Services
  • The Vinson Family
    • In Memory of Joseph D. Vinson, Jr. and Richard Elstrott
  • Waters Parkerson & Co., LLC

Holiday Decoration Sponsors

  • Bettye and Mike Bagot
  • Cathy and Morris Bart
  • Julie F. Breitmeyer
  • Anne and Frank Buescher
  • Suzanne Butler and Mark Klyza
  • Katie and Howell Crosby
  • Dr. Cecile Many and Dr. Richard Deichmann
    • In Memory of Anne S. Laird
  • Vaughn and Doug Downing
  • Mrs. H. Mortimer Favrot, Jr.
  • Claire and Derby Gisclair
    • In Memory of Maurice J. Picheloup, III
  • Susan and Jimmy Gundlach
  • Mr. and Mrs. Charles C. Habliston, IV
    • In Memory of Charlotte J. Habliston
  • Dolores Carbajal Hall
  • Lesley and Charles Hardin
  • Claire and Larry Jacobi
  • Jones Walker LLP
  • Erin Kolb and Jean-Pierre Bienvenu
  • Martha and John Landrum
  • Kay and Marc Livaudais
  • Mr. and Mrs. C. James McCarthy, III
  • Blanche Dee McCloskey
  • Lynn Meade
    • In Memory of Betty Lou and Butty Tranchina 
  • Carol Ann and John Roberts
    • In Memory of Cindy Hinton
  • Lola and Ernie Sims
  • Brenda Smith and Craig Tolbert
    • In Honor of Robert Smith
  • Karen G. Smith
  • Suzanne and Bob Thomas
  • Martha Anne Treen & The Swayze Family
  • Nancy P. Turner
    • In Memory of William Kay Turner

Virtual Entertainment

  • The American Legion Post 377
  • The Real Presence Trio
  • Judy Seghers Harpist

Top of the Tree - Sparkler Raffle

  • Friend & Company Fine Jewelers

Under the Tree - Santa's Sack Raffle

  • Clancy’s
  • Creole Creamery
  • Galatoire’s
  • Langenstein’s
  • The Pelican Club
  • Vincent’s Italian Cuisine

Stocking Stuffer Raffle

  • Cafe Beignet
  • Company Burger
  • Ted’s Frostop
  • Nothing Bundt Cakes
  • Raising Cane’s

Second Annual Virtual Tree Lighting & Music Festival Donors

  • AMED Ambulance Service
  • Emanuel V. Benjamin, III
  • Becky Boone
    • In Memory of June Pixler
  • Carrie Brekeen
  • Connie M. Brown
    • In Memory of Ruby and Earl Messmer
  • Dr. and Mrs. Aden Burka
  • Betty and Michael Carey
    • In Honor of Betty Oseid Carey, MD
  • Sarah A. Carey
    • In Honor of Betty Carey
  • Carver, Darden, et al.
  • Connie Dahlberg
  • Jane Auzine Davis
  • Mary B. Demmas
  • Ann S. Fabian
    • In Honor of JoAnn Suarez
  • Catherine and David Edwards
    • In Memory of Patricia Rosamond
  • Mrs. Ezra Feldman
    • In Memory of Maurice Picheloup
  • Susan Freyder
    • In Memory of Marjorie Bradley
  • Betty J. Gerstner
    • In Memory of Nancy Pomiechowski
  • Daniel Hammer
  • Gulf Coast Office Products, Inc.
  • Lynn Gutknecht and John Allen
    • In Memory of Lena Gutknecht
  • Mary Hansen
    • In Honor of Cathy Sullivan
  • Delia Lane Hardie
  • Laine Harper
  • Ashley Harris
  • Mr. and Mrs. Fred L. Herman
  • Anne Schell Hopkins
    • In Memory of Marie Schell
  • Marda F. Johnson
    • In Memory of Margaret S. Favor
  • Dr. and Mrs. Robert N. Jones
    • In Honor of the 2020 Board of Trustees
  • Susan T. Kartzke
  • Lauren R. Lagarde
    • In Honor of Dr. and Mrs. William Perret
  • Pam Ledet
    • In Memory of Jeanne Quaid and Mabel Withrow
  • Irene F. Levinson
  • Helene C. Lopez
    • In Memory of Micheline L. Wicks
  • Toreen Lutz
  • Irene Ernst Mackenroth
    • In Memory of Pookie McNulty
  • Deborah Smallpage Mooney
  • Andree Moss
    • In Honor of Margo Moss
  • Teresa R. Ogden
    • In Memory of Ricardo Rondinelli
  • Ruth R. Olivera
  • Dr. William J. Perret
  • Cathy and Hunter Pierson
  • Claire M. Porter
  • Dr. Thomas Reske
  • The Schleiff Family
  • Gene Shapiro and Bill Murray
  • Leslee N. Shapiro
  • Lynn and Charles Smith
    • In Honor of Jane Bories
  • The Sunkel Family
    • In Memory of George A. Sunkel
  • Jan Sutton
  • Glenda B. Thorne
  • Laurie T. Waggener
    • In Memory of Betty Lou and Butty Tranchina
  • Marylin O. Watkins
  • Carolyn C. Wogan

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There are many meaningful ways to support Poydras Home's mission to provide exceptional care.
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Poydras Home heartfully dedicated our 2020 Annual Appeal to supporting our healthcare heroes and Poydras Home’s COVID‐19 response.
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There will be plentiful naming opportunities for our generous supporters to consider as the Poydras Home Reimagined project progresses.

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