To commemorate, complain, consecrate, comfort and celebrate old careers at The Times-Picayune and new chapters in the lives of hundreds of staffers, freelancers and contractors, dashTHIRTYdash is hosting a pair of events in New Orleans Sept. 28-29, the final weekend of daily publication of the newspaper.
First up is a reunion for employees, freelancers, contractors and alumni at RockNBowl, 3000 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 861-1700. A $20 per person admission will get attendees food and access to an open bar from 4-7 PM, but guests are welcome to stay later to socialize and take in the band, The Boogie Men. Please RSVP via the private invitation on the “Friends of The Times-Picayune Editorial” Facebook page and then pay your admission at RockNBowl on Sept. 28. (If you are a Times-Picayune employee, freelancer, contractor or alum and not yet a member of the private Facebook page, please message Times-Picayune alum Steve Ritea for membership.)
Then Saturday, Sept. 29, join dashTHIRTYdash for “Black, White & Read All Over,” a benefit and commemoration to the daily Times-Picayune. (Please see 9/29 update by clicking here.) Activities begin at 4:30 PM, with a patron party hosted by Rio Mar Seafood, 800 South Peters St. Patron ticket levels are $250, $500, or $1,000 per couple, with the $500 and $1,000 levels including Times-Picayune-themed premiums.
Beginning at 6 PM, the action moves to The Howlin’ Wolf, 907 South Peters St., for the $30 per person general admission party. (Departing staffers and a significant other are invited to attend for free; please email rebecca at rebeccatheim dot com for more information.)
dashTHIRTYdash is planning “T-P7 Talent & Treasures” live and silent auctions. Please contact Times-Picayune alumna Sheila Grissett, 504-952-1945 or sheilagrissett at gmail dot com regarding auction items you wish to donate.
Money raised will go directly to Times-Picayune employees, freelancers and contractors who lose their jobs or a significant portion of their income as a result of the end of daily publication, minus staff costs for The Howlin’ Wolf event, a nominal per-person fee to cover costs of the Rio Mar event, and a 2% fee being paid to the fund’s 501(c)3 sponsor, the Contemporary Arts Center of New Orleans, which is also providing financial oversight. All contributions will be tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.