Its one thing to say that New Orleans needs to be rebuilt quite another to be the one doing the rebuilding. From 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, on Manhattans Upper West Side, local philanthropists Randy and Bernadette Fertel will co-host Rebuilding New Orleans in NYC, a charity jazz-concert event in the Allen Room at the Lincoln Center. The fundraiser, which features musical guests Ellis Marsalis and the Derek Douget Band, is a benefit for the Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans, one of the organizations leading the charge in the actual brick-and-mortar renaissance of the Crescent City.
Through programs such as Operation Comeback and Rebuilding Together, the PRC a 33-year-old outfit thats been in the business of restoring historical buildings since well before the storm has steadfastly promoted the renovation of blighted and adjudicated properties and the revitalization of low-income communities. Among other achievements, its work has assisted families in returning to the New Orleans area after Katrina and made habitable previously abandoned areas of the city.
For those unable to attend the concert but who still wish to contribute, donation and volunteer opportunities are available on the PRC Web site.