New Yorkers Join New Orleanians in PRC’s Rebuilding Efforts

The Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans hosted its annual New York fundraiser – Jazzed in January – on the 2nd floor of Saks Fifth Avenue on January 14th. New Yorkers and New Orleanians celebrated the rebirth of the Big Easy to the tunes of Irvin Mayfield and the Derek Douget Band, plus a special performance of “Healing Time” by Josh Charles. The emcee for the evening was Hoda Kotb, a beloved former New Orleanian and the co-anchor of NBC’s “Today” show.

Guests applauded Saks as the recipient of the PRC’s New Orleans Citizenship Award in honor of its commitment to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. A small silent auction showcased beautiful items such as art, jewelry, and handbags donated by generous businesses in New Orleans and New York. Cafe Adelaide’s Swizzle Stick Bar provided the recipe for the specialty drink of the evening – the “Stoli O Delicious” martini. The decor, inspired by peacock feathers, was elegantly styled by the creative team at Saks Fifth Avenue New York.

PRC thanks event chairs Susan & Lenny Wormser of New Orleans and Katia & Howard Read of New York along with all of the other volunteers and supporters who made this event possible. Attracting about 300 guests, Jazzed in January was a fundraiser whose proceeds will go toward the PRC’s efforts to preserve, restore and revitalize New Orleans’ historic architecture and neighborhoods.


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The Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans (PRC) was founded in 1974 as a membership organization to promote the preservation, restoration and revitalization of New Orleans’ historic architecture and neighborhoods. The not-for-profit organization has helped renovate hundreds of historic homes citywide by involving citizens in preservation projects and services that enhance living in New Orleans. PRC provides resources and education to convey the economic, cultural and aesthetic importance of historic preservation in New Orleans and throughout the world. For more information about the PRC’s hurricane recovery efforts, including the homeowner assistance program, call 504.581.7032 or visit