Morris Jeff Gala

You’re invited!

4th Annual Community Gala
and Auction

When: Thursday October 11th, 2012, 6:30-9:30 PM

Where: New Orleans Fairgrounds Clubhouse (1751 Gentilly Blvd.).

The event will feature a silent auction and live music by the Rebirth Brass Band. Admission includes all food and drinks from our fabulous list of community supporters including The Ruby Slipper, MONDO, Purveyors of Fine Wines, Orleans Coffee Exchange, Mandina’s, Pal’s Lounge and dozens of others. Our silent auction will feature arts and entertainment treasures including your chance to spend a week at the Tranquility Bay Resort on Ambergris Caye, Belize!

3 Ways Faubourg St. John neighbors can help:

1) Make an Online Food/beverage donation (due 9/27):
(or email with food/beverage questions)

2) Make an Online Silent Auction donation (due 10/1):
(email with auction questions)

3) Purchase tickets here:

Any general questions can be addressed to Gala coordinator,
Brian Beabout ( / 814-404-8809)

Brian R. Beabout, Ph.D.
Morris Jeff Community School Fund Development
office: 504-280-7388
fax: 504-280-6453

Dear Friends,

We are inviting you to support public education in our city by making a food, beverage, or silent auction donation to our 4th Annual Community Gala and Auction to be held October 11th, 2012 at the New Orleans Fairgrounds Clubhouse (1751 Gentilly Blvd.).

The event will feature live music by the Rebirth Brass Band and includes all food and drinks. Food & Beverage donations can be made online at: and Silent Auction donations can be made online at:

Our school opened in the Fall of 2010 after 3 years of tireless work by dozens of local parents, educators, and community members. Today we serve 335 students in Pre-K- 4th grade. We will grow to a full Pre-K through 8th-grade school and eagerly await our relocation to a brand new facility at the Fisk-Howard site on S. Rendon St. in August 2014. We’ve been featured on NPR and in the Times Picayune for being one of the most racially and economically diverse open-access public schools in New Orleans.

Please consider supporting our Community Gala on October 11th or making a donation to support our vision. Any donations of cash, food, beverages, auction items, or supplies are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law (we are a 501c3). Your business will be recognized in the program and on video for an expected audience of 350 civic-minded attendees. You can learn more about the school and purchase Gala tickets online at

If you have further questions, please email our Gala coordinator, Brian Beabout, at

Our fundraising is geared toward five categories:

#1) International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme: IB is the curriculum framework behind some of the most rigorous, creative and successful schools in the world.

#2) Pre-K: Research has shown definitively that early childhood education makes an enormous difference to children’s development.

#3) Expanding our library: We’ve received several generous gifts to get our library started, but are still building our collection.

#4) Building a first-rate playground: Young children learn through play, and we intend to replace our current temporary play area with a top-quality playground.

And finally, #5) Extended school year: Having extended learning time is very important to closing “achievement gaps” across racial and economic lines.

If you believe in what we’re doing at Morris Jeff, we hope you’ll consider supporting our vision.

Patricia Perkins
Principal, Morris Jeff Community Schoo