Center Celebration 2019

2019 Center Celebration


The New Orleans JCC will host its annual fundraiser on Saturday, November 16. Center Celebration: A Beautiful Night at the J will pay tribute to the music of Carole King and the many artists she inspired.

This year’s celebration begins at 7:00 PM with poolside cocktails and hors d’oeuvres followed by a very special performance featuring three stellar entertainers:

Anika Larsen, who has appeared on Broadway in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (which she was nominated for a Tony Award), Xanadu, All Shook Up and Rent, to name few.

Liz Larsen, who has performed on Broadway in Beautiful, Hairspray, Rocky Horror, Damn Yankees, Most Happy Fella (which she was nominated for a Tony Award) and many more.

Alix Paige, (our very own JCC member) who starred in the national tours of Cabaret and I Love a Piano, as well as My Fair Lady, Man of La Mancha and a host of other outstanding productions.

New Orleans native, Bryan Batt, will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the evening. Batt is known for his role as Salvatore Romano in Mad Men, films including 12 Years a Slave, and principal roles on Broadway shows including Beauty and the Beast, Saturday Night Fever, and CATS.

An open bar, signature drink, and delicious buffet dinner will round out this extraordinary evening at the Uptown JCC. 


The Lupin Foundation

Jill & Dave Israel
Jane & Rodney Steiner
Georges Lurcy Charitable and Educational Trust

BXS Insurance, Inc.
Fitness Expo
Cathy & Charles Glaser
Margery and Dr. Dov Glazer
Goldring & Franco Family
Betty & Jim Karam
Melinda & Morris Mintz
Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust

Arlene & Paul Barron
Cathy & Morris Bart
Bourgeois Bennett CPAs | Consultants, Ellen Yellin
Diamonds Direct
Ann & Robert Eisen
Electrical Sales Corporation
Leslie & Nathan Fischman
Allison & George Freeman
Ana & Dr. Juan Gershanik
Janie & Dr. Louis Glade
Marcie & Myron Goldberg
Shannie & Rabbi David Goldstein
Beverly Katz
Lisa & Brian Katz
Ellen Kempner & Lee Sucherman
Ashley & Michael Kirschman
Levy & Associates
Mathes Brierre Architects
Kathy & Randy Opotowsky
Sarah & Joe Pasternack, Jr.
Debbie & Jonathan Schlackman
Kathy & Hal Shepard
Southern Jewish Life
Vicky & Peter Sperling
Pamela & Rob Steeg
Rella & David Zapletal
Lonnie Zarum & Peter Zandan

Friends of the J

Phyllis & Jack Alltmont
Debbie & Bobby Applebaum
Aimee & Steven Bain
Consuelo & Scott Barron
Marc Behar and Jeff Sbisa
Marjorie Bissinger
Richard Buchsbaum & Johnny Dennis
Peggy Levy Cohn
Abby Gaunt & Gabe Feldman
Davida Finger & Joshua Lichtman
Debra J. Fischman
Carla & Louis Fishman
Mara & Joshua Force
Robert Force
Holly & Jonathan Friedman
Rebecca Friedman & Aran Toshav
Laura & Dr. George Fuhrman
Amy Gainsburgh-Haspel & John Haspel
Anne Gauthier & Sanford Pailet, M.D.
Debbie & Louis Gertler
Wendy & Ned Goldberg
Susan & Howard Green
Lisa Gurk Herman
Mollie Herman & Alan Shear
Susan & William Hess
Sheryl & Michael Hyman
Lis & Hugo Kahn
Carrie & Nathan Kanter
Carole & Morton Katz
Ellen & Stan Kessler
Tricia & Rick Kirschman
A. James Klein
Sara & Stuart Kottle
Emily & Zach Kupperman
Fran & Jonny Lake
Betty & Harry Lazarus
Cathy Lazarus & Eric Simon
Gary D Lazarus
Andrea & Terry Lestelle
Ruth & Joel Loeffelholz
Lynn & Rabbi Bob Loewy
Megan & Ben Lowenburg
Lara & Clifford Mintz
Roslyn & Neal Morris
Carole & Dick Neff
Robyn & Eric Nowak
Naomi & Larry Orlansky
Margaret Parker & Juan Barroso
Killian & Brad Philipson
Paula & Joel Picker
Molly Pulda & Gary Sernovitz
Renee & Dr. Gregory Rich
Jacqueline & Brad Rosenblat
Meryl Rosenbloom
Robert Shepard
Karen & Leopold Sher
Morgan Sherman & Rabbi Daniel Sherman
Julie Parelman Silbert
Nancy & Gary Silbert
Joanna Sternberg
Benjamin Swig
Sherri & Dr. Matthew Tarr
Roselle & Stanley Ungar
Christine & Jason White
Rachel Zoller
ZukaBaby | Betsy & David Becker
Robin Levy and Bobby Garon


Our Stars



Our Cause

A portion of funds raised from this year’s event will be dedicated to our “Securing a Safer J” initiative. Our Uptown JCC’s storefront has not been renovated since its construction in 1965. Today, we need our front entrance to be more secure (by adding a vestibule to provide a second layer of protection), more accessible to populations of all ages and abilities (with wider doorways to accommodate wheelchairs and strollers and a canopy that offers greater protection from inclement weather), and more beautiful. Your support is vital in raising the remaining $350,000 to achieve these goals.

Unable to attend but still wish to support our cause? Click below to make a donation. Select "Security Fund" in the dropdown options.


Sponsorship + Support Opportunities

For more information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Leslie Fischman at 504-897-0143 or

Diamond - $25,000
10 event tickets
Recognition on invitation*, JCC website, event night signage

Platinum - $10,000 
8 event tickets
Recognition on invitation*, JCC website, event night signage

Gold - $5,000 
6 event tickets
Recognition on invitation*, JCC website, event night signage

Silver - $2,500 
4 event tickets
Recognition on invitation*, JCC website, event night signage

Bronze - $1,000 
2 event tickets
Recognition on invitation*, JCC website, event night signage

Friend of the J, Couple - $500 
2 event tickets

Friend of the J, Individual - $250 
1 event ticket

*Must receive RSVP by September 26 to be recognized on the invitation.