The Harry Tompson Center, which provides life-saving day services and support to more than 5,000 homeless individuals annually, will hold its 2019 gala March 23 at the Academy of Sacred Heart Nims Fine Arts Center, 4301 St. Charles Ave., from 6:30 to 10 p.m. The theme will be “Harry Says Aloha!”
Clancy and Margo DuBos are the honorary chair couple, and Anna and Richard Tompson are the committee chair couple for the event.
Tickets are on sale now and cover admission, food from local fine dining restaurants, an open bar and musical entertainment by FAST. This year’s event also will feature an online silent auction of more than 120 items, a live auction event with auctioneer John Calhoun, a “Dine Around Town” drawing and more. Tickets are $75 per person.
As an extra incentive, those ages 35 and younger can purchase tickets for a reduced price of $35 per person. Tickets and sponsorships can be purchased online at http://501auctions.com/htc.
All proceeds will benefit the center, a non-profit organization founded by Jesuit Father Harry Tompson and other Immaculate Conception (“Jesuit Church”) parishioners in 1999 to assist homeless individuals in downtown New Orleans.
In 2019, the center is marking 20 years of service to this vulnerable population. Its staff, volunteers and other supporters provide hot showers, hygiene supplies, day storage, phone services, medical care, mental health treatment, laundry, bicycle repair classes, legal assistance and case management assistance aimed at moving people off the streets into permanent housing.