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Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Wednesday, November 02, 2011
First Annual PeaceFest

Saturday, November 5, 11:30 a.m.

Martin Luther King Statue on Claiborne Ave.

(Central City, New Orleans)  The first annual PeaceFest will be held on November 5, 2011 in Central City, New Orleans. 

The event will feature a peace march followed by a festival at the park on the corner of S. Liberty and Martin Luther King Blvd.  The festival will include performances from Lucky Lou, Y.Luck and the Rap Pack, and Dee-1.  PeaceFest 2011 is being produced by a partnership between United for Peace, Unified Nonprofits, ReConnect Nola, and the Orleans Public Defenders.  It is being sponsored by Entergy New Orleans, Inc. and the Greater New Orleans Foundation.

ReConnect Nola, who is coordinating entertainment for the event, has quickly become recognized for throwing great parties that also serve the community.  Wild Wayne, Chair of Reconnect Nola said, "There will be free food, activities, and an all-star line-up.  This is a great opportunity for us to partner with other organizations to do a festival of this scale.” 

Unified Nonprofits (UNP), who secured funding for the event, has tied the festival into its Juvenile Delinquency Prevention work.  "The young people in our city deserve the time and attention this event will give them.  They’ll have a great time and learn about resources available to them and hopefully be empowered to make good choices for themselves,” said Lisa Kaichen, chair of UNP.

"The Orleans Public Defenders is excited because we know that bringing resources to the youth where they need them the most is a vital part of keeping our communities safe,” said one of the event’s organizers, Johnetta Pressley.  PeaceFest will have service providers across the city providing information about the work their organizations do and include presentations from a number of youth-oriented organizations.  "Anytime you have the Youth Empowerment Project, Apex, and organizations like that coming out, you know it is going to be a good time and make positive change in our young peoples’ lives,” Johnetta continued.

Entergy New Orleans, Inc. is serving as one of the sponsors of the event. "We are proud to be a sponsor of this new event,” said Gary Silbert, director of Economic Development for Entergy New Orleans, Inc. "At Entergy, we take great pride in investing in the communities in which we serve. We think this festival can play an important role in celebrating the unique cultural fabric of New Orleans and we are happy to be a part of it.”

PeaceFest will begin with a peace pilgrimage at the stature of Martin Luther King Jr. on Claiborne Avenue at 11:30 am and continue with the festival, which will take place from 12 pm to 5 pm.  For more information about this event, contact Johnetta Pressley at (504) 827-8198.

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