On Sunday, Oct. 21, St. Paul’s held its 23rd annual Jazz ‘N Roll fundraiser under the direction of Al Nastasi, new Director of Development, who took over this year for Bro. Gale Condit, F.S.C.
Jazz ‘N Roll saw one major problem this year: no Student Center. In past years, the Student Center has been used to house the restaurants and auctions. Without it, Nastasi had to move everything outside. This year’s event check-in was in the courtyard of La Salle Hall. The restaurants where setup on the grassy area between Benilde Hall and the Student Center, and auction tables where setup in the grassy area to the right of the Student Center. The bar and the stage were in its normal place.
“Several people remarked that the traffic flow of the evening actually seemed much better outdoor than in the Student Center,” said Nastasi. “Although, restrooms were an issue in spite of renting a trailer.”
The headline entertainment for the evening was Bag of Donuts, a cover band from New Orleans who dress in bizarre costumes.
“Some questioned a cover band for the venue and others were well pleased with the diverse selection,” said Nastasi. “They did an excellent job of sound control to afford easy conversation.”
During the evening, a live auction was held on the stage. Some notable things for sale were autographed Jimmy Graham and Darren Sproles jerseys, an autographed LSU helmet signed by the coaching staff, and an autographed Drew Brees passing record “Bring the Wood” bat. The highest bid went for a Pat O’Brien’s cocktail party for 75.
Jazz ‘N Roll was a huge success over last year, with nearly a thousand in attendance and a net profit of a 35% to 40% increase over last year’s event.
“For 2013, we are in the process of evaluating the aspects of the event in an effort to optimize both the revenue generated for our school as well as the quality entertainment for our guests,” said Nastasi.