Today at Gambit everyone is hustling to put together the 2009 Best of New Orleans issue. It is hard to believe that 4 years ago as we were putting the 2005 issue to bed, we logged out of our computers that Friday afternoon, completely unaware that we would return to 3923 Bienville caked in mold. The last email I read that day simply alerted the staff we were watching the storm.
And today the memories are still unavoidably real (the view out my office window is a boarded up house that is leaning toward the right, its next door neighbor was just knocked down last week).
In my opinion the "best" thing to come of the storm were the thousands of volunteers who came from all over the world to help rebuild New Orleans. And four years later, thankfully they are still here- visiting and living.
The St. Bernard Project (SBP) has played host to many of those volunteers and next week they will be launching their 4NOLA campaign; to commemorate the anniversary of Hurricane K and keep the cause alive as they continue to fundraise and build homes to help residents return. The 4NOLA campaign will include a 24-hour build and a kick-off party at House of Blues.
If you want to get your hands dirty
The SBP 24-hour build will begin on August 28th at 4 p.m. and will finish with a moment of silence on August 29 at 4 p.m. Call Gretchen at 504-723-6837 to volunteer.
If you would like to rebuild a home without sweating and a cocktail in hand
Attend the Saturday night fundraiser (8/29) at House of Blues. The ticket price includes open bar and musical performances by Kermit Ruffins, Spencer Bohren and more. The events fundraising goal is to completely fund four homes, a cost of $60,000. Ticket Cost: $75. Call the SBP office at 504-277-6831 to order.
And as a testament that the rest of the country is still thinking of us, 100 additional 4NOLA fundraisers will be taking place across the country throughout the next year coordinated by past SBP volunteers.