Poydras Home's 2023 Fifth Annual Holiday Tree Lighting & Music Festival will be held on Thursday, November 30 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

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Remembering all the holiday fun we had at Poydras Home's Fourth Annual Holiday Tree Lighting & Music Festival as showcased in the April 2023 issue of St. Charles Avenue Magazine!


Poydras Home Holiday Tree Lighting & Music Festival


Poydras Home's Fourth Annual Holiday Tree Lighting & Music Festival on December 1 was a rousing success!

Holiday memories were made with loved ones taking family photos with Santa by the tree, children enjoyed face painting and many items were checked off of holiday shopping lists while perusing our inside crafts and baked goods!

This year we returned to our traditional, single fundraising event. Festival proceeds are dedicated to the Center for Healthy Living. The Historic House will soon offer amenities shared by all residents of Poydras Home: a therapy gym, a yoga studio, a library, a meditative space, an expanded salon and spa, and a multipurpose space for programming and education.

Poydras Home presented four event sponsor levels and a $250 Family Festival Donation that included all family members, children, grandchildren and your resident. Many celebrated with a Family Festival gift this year.

Many took a chance on our Raffles!

Santa’s Sack is filled this year with gift certificates to iconic New Orleans restaurant venues, each valued at $100. Tickets for a chance to win were only $25.

Congratulations to the Winners of our Santa’s Sack raffles:

Edith Mossy won a $100 Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group gift certificate to any Ralph Brennan restaurant.

Dianne McGraw won a $100 gift certificate to Clancy’s.

Leslie Alley won a $100 gift certificate to Creole Creamery.

Katherine Boh won a $100 gift certificate to Galatoire’s Restaurant.

Bellwether won a $100 gift certificate to Langenstein’s.

Waters Parkerson won a $100 gift certificate to Nothing Bundt Cakes.


Poydras Home 2022 Fourth Annual Holiday Tree Lighting & Music Festival Sponsors


  • Hancock Whitney Bank


  • Anne and Bobby Swayze


  • Bellwether Technology Corporation
  • Katherine S. Boh
  • Caroline and Bob Brickman
    • In Memory of Roger W. Worlock
  • Joe Bucher & Family
  • Suzanne Butler and Mark Klyza
  • Beth Colon
  • EskewDumezRipple
  • Wynne P. Friedrichs
    • In Memory of Elizabeth Reid Friedrichs
  • HJ Sims
  • Betty Lou and Lansing Kolb
  • Methodist Health System Foundation
  • Edith Mossy & Family
  • Brenda Smith and Craig Tolbert
    • In Honor of Bob Smith
  • Martha Treen & The Swayze Family
    • In Honor of Martha Treen
  • USI Insurance Services, LLC
  • The Vinson Family
  • Waters, Parkerson & Co., LLC
  • Sarah W. Weden



  • A Friend of Poydras
  • Gail and Nick Asprodites
  • Bettye and Mike Bagot
  • Cathy and Morris Bart
    • In Honor of Hertha Bart
  • Bridget and Bobby Bories
  • Julie F. Breitmeyer
  • Anne and Frank Buescher
  • Gina M. Caracci
  • Carver Darden
  • CommCare Corporation
  • Wendy and Joe Dalovisio
  • Vaughn and Doug Downing
  • Claire and Derby Gisclair
    • In Memory of Maurice J. Picheloup, III
  • Susan and Jimmy Gundlach
  • Lesley and Charles Hardin
  • IMC Consulting Engineers, Inc.
  • Erin Kolb
  • LaPorte CPAs
  • Janis Gissel Letourneau, MD
  • Blanche “Dee” McCloskey
  • Becky and Tommy McGoey
    • In Memory of Pat and Joe Norton
  • Dianne McGraw
  • Lynn and Steve Meade
    • In Memory of Betty Lou and Joseph Tranchina
  • Gwynne and Sean Moser
  • Cynthia Pazos and John Kuttruff
    • In Memory of Frank Pazos, Jr. and Virginia Kuttruff
  • Pontchartrain Materials Corporation, LLC
    • In Memory of Fahan Tyler
  • Claire and Chip Porter
  • Charlie and Kirk Reasonover
  • Erin and Claude Reynaud
  • Gene Shapiro and William Murray
  • HJ Sims
  • Karen G. Smith
    • In Memory of Charlotte Carter Smith
  • Claire and Harry Stahel
  • The Sumich Family
  • Suzanne and Bob Thomas
    • In Memory of Patricia Sutton Cromiller



  • Melinda Sumich Babin
  • Gary Baker
  • Tracey and David Banowetz
    • In Honor of Joyce Post
  • Kerri Bowen
  • Bonnie Broome
    • In Honor of Joan Hunt
  • Gary and Jim Churchill
  • Joanna L. Diboll
  • Ann Faulk and Sherri Schaeffer
  • Laurie Hienz
  • Lauren R. Lagarde
  • Edward D. Moise
  • M.S. Rau Antiques
    • In Honor of Sybil Kline
  • Lisa Rebowe
    • In Honor of June Trapp
  • Carol and John Roberts
  • Terri Salassi
    • In Memory of Ethel Gorman and Carmelite Bassich Salassi
  • Joan Schott
  • John Sumich
  • Keith Theriot
    • In Honor of Inez Theriot
    • In Memory of Clement P. Theriot, Jr.
  • Glenda B. Thorne
  • John H. Wells
    • In Memory of Dorothy Wells

2022 Festival Donations

  • Dorothy P. Baessler
  • A Friend of Poydras
  • Bonnie Broome
    • In Honor of Joan Hunt
  • Marigny Dupuy
    • In Honor of Claire Clark
  • Marcel Garsaud, Jr.
  • Gulf Coast Office Products, Inc.
  • Mary Lynn Gutknecht and John Allen
    • In Memory of Lena Gutknecht
  • Yvonne and Oscar Gwin
  • Laine Harper
  • Ruth C. Herkes
    • In Memory of Alfred J. Herkes
  • Laurie Hienz
  • Judith Lastrapes
    • In Honor of Wiley G. Lastrapes, Jr.
  • Ann C. Middleton
    • In Memory of Susan McIntyre
  • Elizabeth J. Mize
  • Andrée Moss
  • Thomas Reske, MD
  • Isabel and Moye Sanders
    • In Memory of Baldwin Smith
  • Mr. and Mrs. Milton G. Scheuermann, Jr.
  • Jennifer and Peter Tompkins
    • In Memory of Jean Tompkins
  • The Martha Treen & Swayze Families
    • In Honor of Martha Treen
  • Elfriede Westbrook
    • In Memory of Bertram R. Westbrook
  • Julie W. Woolfolk
  • Jackie and Richard Yancey
    • In Honor of Jackie Ryan

2022 Entertainment

  • Sarah Jane McMahon soprano soloist
  • New Orleans Council on Aging Community Choir


  • Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group
  • Clancy’s
  • The Creole Creamery
  • Galatoire’s Restaurant
  • Langenstein’s
  • Nothing Bundt Cakes

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