LINK STRYJEWSKI FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES BAL MASQUÉ DETAILS

Food & music help transform lives of New Orleans youth

New Orleans, Louisiana – The Link Stryjewski Foundation is thrilled to announce that it has once again secured the Haitian band RAM to headline its Bal Masqué fundraiser, set for the weekend of January 18th and 19th, 2019 at The Sugar Mill in New Orleans. The celebration of Caribbean, Cajun and New Orleans Carnival will feature RAM, the drum-roots-driven powerhouse band from Port-au-Prince, Haiti. RAM will be joined by The Vermilionaires, Cha Wa, The Original Pinettes Brass Band, and The Roots of Music. “We are so excited to bring RAM to Bal Masqué once again, not only because they brought the house down last year, but because of our shared culture and history,” states Chef Donald Link, Co-Founder of the Link Stryjewski Foundation with Chef Stephen Stryjewski. “I am about to embark on a trip to Port-au-Prince, Haiti to participate in the first edition of GEDE FEST, an innovative event that combines the arts, culture, history and gastronomy of Haiti and New Orleans. We are historically linked to this sister city and I am thrilled to represent New Orleans at this multicultural event.” In addition to Bal Masqué, the Link Stryjewski Foundation presents its Chefs’ Dinner with celebrity chef Andrew Carmellini on the evening before the main event. The limited seating dinner will be hosted at Calcasieu on Friday, January 18th, with a four-course menu prepared by Chef Carmellini alongside Chefs Link and Stryjewski. Specific details about the culinary and cocktail offerings at Bal Masqué, and the celebrity chefs presenting them, will be released at a later date.

LINK STRYJEWSKI FOUNDATION HOSTS CREOLE CARNIVAL CELEBRATION TO RAISE FUNDS FOR THE YOUTH OF NEW ORLEANS

4th annual Bal Masqué Sets Dates

New Orleans, Louisiana—The Link Stryjewski Foundation is pleased to announce its dates for the 2019 charity Bal Masqué. Set for Saturday, January 19th, the Link Stryjewski Bal Masqué will follow a special Chefs' Dinner presented by a “to-be-announced” guest chef on Friday, January 18th. The event celebrates New Orleans' Creole carnival traditions. “Those who know our group well know that we love to throw a good party. Bal Masqué is not the more typically formal Mardi Gras ball or black tie fundraiser.” states Emery Van Hook Sonnier, Link Stryjewski Foundation Director. “We encourage guests to get creative with their masks, headdresses and costumes, for those going all out.”

NANCY OAKES NAMED HOST CHEF AT BAL MASQUÉ 2018 CHEFS’ DINNER

New Orleans, Louisiana—Chef Nancy Oakes, Executive Chef and Owner of Boulevard Restaurant and Prospect Restaurant in San Francisco, will be the host chef at this year’s Link Stryjewski Foundation Bal Masqué Chefs’ Dinner. Oakes will cook the annual dinner alongside Chefs Donald Link and Stephen Stryjewski on Friday, January 19th, 2018, at Calcasieu. The 2018 Bal Masqué will take place on Saturday, January 20th at the Sugar Mill. Oakes will prepare a four-course dinner paired with wines for the exclusive charity dinner.

WORLD-RENOWNED CHEFS TO PARTICIPATE IN 3rd ANNUAL BAL MASQUÉ

Link Stryjewski Foundation raises money to underwrite programming to nourish and educate the youth of New Orleans

New Orleans, Louisiana—The Link Stryjewski Foundation is pleased to announce its list of chefs participating in the 2018 charity Bal Masqué. Set for Saturday, January 20th, 2018, at the Sugar Mill in New Orleans, the Link Stryjewski Bal Masqué will follow a special Chefs’ Dinner on Friday, January 19th at Calcasieu hosted by Chefs Donald Link and Stephen Stryjewski, co-founders of the Link Stryjewski Foundation.

MUSICAL TALENT ANNOUNCED FOR LINK STRYJEWSKI FOUNDATION BAL MASQUÉ

Dr. John & the Nite Trippers Headline 2nd Annual Fundraiser

New Orleans, Louisiana—The Link Stryjewski Foundation is proud to announce the musical lineup for the Second Annual Bal Masqué, set for January 7, 2017 at the historic Orpheum Theater in New Orleans. Dr. John & the Nite Trippers will headline the evening, following performances by Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Cha Wa, and the Roots of Music. The gala fundraiser is a celebration of New Orleans’ Creole carnival roots, capturing the spirit of a classic Bal Masqué with music, dance and food.

WORLD-RENOWNED CHEFS TO PARTICIPATE IN 2ND ANNUAL BAL MASQUÉ

Link Stryjewski Foundation raises funds for New Orleans early childhood education and youth job training

New Orleans, Louisiana—The Link Stryjewski Foundation is pleased to announce the chefs participating in its 2017 charity Bal Masqué. Set for Saturday, January 7, 2017, at the Orpheum Theater in New Orleans, the Link Stryjewski Bal Masqué will follow a special preview dinner on Friday, January 6th at Calcasieu.

LINK STRJEWSKI FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES HIRING OF EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

New Orleans, Louisiana—The Link Stryjewski Foundation, a non-profit organization created by Chefs Donald Link and Stephen Stryjewski to address the persistent cycle of violence and poverty, as well as the lack of quality education and job training opportunities available to young people in our city, has announced the recent hiring of Emery Van Hook Sonnier as the Executive Director. Sonnier’s resume includes 18 years of operations, programming, advocacy, and communications and marketing experience in both the private and non-profit sectors.

LINK STRYJEWSKI FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES 2ND ANNUAL EVENT DATES

Inaugural Bal Masqué raised $150,000 for charity

New Orleans, Louisiana—The Link Stryjewski Foundation is pleased to announce its dates for the 2017 charity Bal Masqué. Set for Saturday, January 7, 2017, at the Orpheum Theatre in New Orleans, the Link Stryjewski Bal Masqué will follow a special preview dinner on Friday, January 6th at Calcasieu hosted by returning celebrity chef Mario Batali. “We are particularly excited about the plans for the second annual Bal Masqué, especially the return of Chef Batali—his participation was tremendously important in our efforts the first year,” states Link. “The funds raised at this event are vital to ensuring the children of New Orleans attain every opportunity to flourish and succeed, which is our main goal.” The Link Stryjewski Foundation was created to address the persistent cycle of violence and poverty, as well as the lack of quality education and job training opportunities available to young people in New Orleans. 

LINK STRYJEWSKI FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES NEW BOARD APPOINTMENTS

New Orleans, Louisiana—Link Stryjewski Foundation is happy to announce the appointment of two new members to its Board of Directors. Businessmen Gary Solomon and Scott Rodger are joining current board members Heather Lolley, Humberto Suazo, Bill Hammack and Julia Reed, who have served since the foundation’s inception in 2015. The non-profit organization was created by Chefs Donald Link and Stephen Stryjewski to address the persistent cycle of violence and poverty, as well as the lack of quality education and job training opportunities available to young people in our city.

HELP US SEND KIDS TO CAMP THIS SUMMER

The Link Stryjewski Foundation to match donations for underprivileged children

New Orleans, Louisiana—The Link Stryjewski Foundation is spearheading a fundraising initiative to “Send a Kid to Camp this Summer.” Co-Founders of the Link Stryjewski Foundation, Chef Donald Link and Chef Stephen Stryjewski, will match funds raised during this drive, to cover the cost of summer camp for up to 50 children for one week at Kingsley House or the Youth Empowerment Project (YEP). The hard costs for each camp is approximately $300 per child per week. “The Link Stryjewski Foundation was created to provide support to organizations that directly work to end the cycle of violence and poverty, as well as the lack of education for the young people of New Orleans,” states Link. “Kingsley House and the YEP are community leaders in that fight, so we want to do our part to support them and their missions.” To make a donation to the “Send a Kid to Camp this Summer” initiative, visit www.linkstryjewski.org/summercamp. Donations are tax deductible.

LINK STRYJEWSKI FOUNDATION RAISES $150,000 FOR LOCAL YOUTH

KINGSLEY HOUSE AND YOUTH EMPOWERMENT PROJECT TO RECEIVE FUNDS

New Orleans, Louisiana—The Link Stryjewski Foundation is proud to announce it raised $150,000 to help nourish and educate the youth of New Orleans at its inaugural Bal Masqué on January 9th, 2016. The Link Stryjewski Foundation chose Kingsley House and the Youth Empowerment Project as its first beneficiaries, and they will each receive $75,000 at a check presentation on Thursday, March 24, 2016 at Cochon Restaurant. The Link Stryjewski Foundation was created to address the persistent cycle of violence and poverty, as well as the lack of quality education and job training opportunities available to young people in New Orleans.