Bunny Matthews Care Fund
Professor Richard Rose
Long before it was the birthplace of jazz, and even before it built its famed French Opera House, New Orleans was the epicenter of American dance, thanks to Suzanne Douvillier — also known as Madam Placide — a French ballerina, choreographer and pantomimist who is recognized as the first celebrity ballet dancer in the United States. After building her name by bouncing around in New York; Philadelphia; Boston; and Charleston, South Carolina, she and husband Louis Douvillier in 1799 settled in New Orleans, where she became a fixture on the local performance scene. In addition to being a dancer, she was a barrier breaker, as she is believed to be the country’s first female choreographer, first female scene-painter and the first woman to perform on-stage as a man.
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In her short life, she bolstered the emerging performing arts scene in New Orleans and set new standards for what a woman could achieve in the theater.
The goal of this donor-advised fund is to raise money for dancer care at the clinic and the Dancer Wellness Program, which provides resources, wellness education and workshops for local dancers.
All donations are tax-deductible and donors will receive donation documentation. If you wish to provide a check, please make it out to NOMAF, note ‘Suzanne Douvillier’ in the memo and mail to 1525 Louisiana Ave., New Orleans, LA 70115.
Queens Make A Splash
This summer, Mardi Gras Indian Queens are making a splash! Support our local cultural icons as they learn how to swim. Adults who are able to swim are safer near water – which we have a lot of in Louisiana! – and have more opportunities for physical activity in their lives.
You can help our Queens Make A Splash by contributing today to help us create a safe, supportive environment for our culture bearers to learn a vital skill with a certified swim instructor.
Fred Goodrich, aka “Freddie Blue,” has been active in the music industry for over 40 years. Many concerts were outdoors and the sun exposure has taken its toll. Freddie has been diagnosed with melanoma cancer. Fred works as a full time production manager, part time singer and guitarist, photographer and philanthropist. Many know him through his many years as the Operations Manager and volunteer show host at WWOZ, FM radio. You may also know him by his daily morning photographs of the New Orleans sunrise on the Mississippi River accompanied by words of inspiration and love. Funds are needed to pay non-covered medical, pharmaceutical and restorative surgery expenses.
UPDATE – FEBRUARY 2019: Freddie is so grateful to all those who are a part of his recovery effort! Overall, Freddie insists, treatment is going ok with manageable side effects. The plan is for treatments to end in November and continue to monitor closely with quarterly check ups. If the fates are kind, in 5 years it will be cured. Unfortunately, the downside is that the financial burden has turned out to be greater than expected. This fundraising goal has been upped to $40,000.00 to help cover out of pocket treatment costs during this difficult time. The FREDDIE BLUE CANCER FUND will be a permanent Donor Advised Fund established by the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic & Assistance Foundation. The goal is to raise $40,000.00. This fund will pay medical expenses directly. All donations are tax deductible and donors will receive donation documentation.
If you wish to provide a check, please make it out to NOMAF, note ‘Freddie Blue’ in the memo and mail to 1525 Louisiana Ave., New Orleans, LA 70115.Give