LINK STRYJEWSKI FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES 2ND ANNUAL EVENT DATES

Inaugural Bal Masque 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 Donald 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. 

Following the 2016 Bal Masqué, the Link Stryjewski Foundation donated a total of $150,000 to Kingsley House and the Youth Empowerment Project. “We chose Kingsley House and YEP as beneficiaries of our first fundraising event because their missions perfectly align with that of the Link Stryjewski Foundation,” states Stephen Stryjewski. “They have both made lasting impacts on the children of our community and continue to help provide them promising futures.”

Kingsley House is dedicated to improving the quality of life in Southeast Louisiana by collaboratively working with others to build a comprehensive system of services and resources that meet the needs of our recovering community by educating children, strengthening families and building community.

YEP was founded as an organization to assist young people returning to New Orleans from juvenile correctional facilities. YEP has a proven track record of effectively engaging these young people and helping them develop and work toward their educational, vocational and personal goals. 

The Link Stryjewski Foundation works continuously throughout the year to raise funds for its mission. In the late spring of 2016, the nonprofit provided assistance with summer camp fundraising drives for both Kingsley House and YEP. That effort raised funds to help cover the cost of camp for a week for 15 disadvantaged children.

More information about the Bal Masqué and the Link Stryjewski Foundation can be found at www.balmasque.linkstryjewski.org.

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 our city. The Link Stryjewski Foundation will provide support to organizations that directly work to end this cycle. The mission of the Link Stryjewski Foundation is to help nourish and educate the youth of New Orleans, allowing them to realize their potential and become active positive members of our community. For more information about the Link Stryjewski Foundation and its beneficiaries, visit www.linkstryjewski.org.