Jazz ‘N Roll to Offer Fun Night of Camaraderie

Preparations in the Briggs Assembly Center near completion in anticipation of St. Paul's largest fundraising event of the year. (photo by Ealon Boudreaux)
Preparations in the Briggs Assembly Center near completion in anticipation of St. Paul’s largest fundraising event of the year. Doors open tomorrow night at 6 p.m. for patrons and 7 p.m. for the general public. (photo by Ealon Boudreaux)

(COVINGTON, La.) — On Saturday, Oct. 3, St. Paul’s School will hold its 26th annual Jazz ‘N Roll fundraiser in the Briggs Assembly Center on campus. Jazz ‘N Roll is St. Paul’s largest fundraiser of the year, the money from which will go towards the spiritual, academic, athletic and extracurricular needs of St. Paul’s.

“Jazz ‘N Roll is a great fundraiser for the school,” Shellie Campo said, “It goes towards all aspects of the school, not just one specific department.” 

In the past, money raised at Jazz ‘N Roll has gone towards renovations for  Lasalle Hall, the Briggs Assembly Center, the Alumni Memorial Theatre, and more. Jazz ‘N Roll also funded electronics in the engineering class, as well as countless other academic programs.

The patron party will be from 6 to 7 p.m., with the auctions and entertainment taking place from 7 to 11 p.m. Parents, alumni, faculty, and staff are invited to come Saturday night to enjoy food, live music, and drinks. The cuisine is consistently one of the highlights of Jazz ‘N Roll each year, with many of the best local restaurants catering the event.

“We have about 15 restaurants around us that are providing food,” Campo said, “Some of them include Fazzio’s, P.J.’s, Keith Young’s Steak House, Impastato Cellars, and Gallagher’s.”

Additional restaurants at the event will include Cupcake Concept, Bosco’s, Honeybaked Ham, Sweet Daddy’s Barbeque, and Dr. Gumbo, among others.

Hundreds of items, ranging from artwork to events, ready for silent and live auctions. (photo by Ealon Boudreaux)
Hundreds of items of all shapes, sizes, and styles are prepared for silent and live auction. (photo by Ealon Boudreaux)

Silent and live auctions add to the excitement of the event. Some of the many live auction items include a cocktail night for 100 at Pat O’Brien’s, a one-week stay in Blue Mountain Beach, Fla., a four-night stay in Puerta Villarta, Mexico, and more.

Mike Epstein and Pierre Simoneaux will provide live music for this year’s event. Simoneaux is the father of senior Dustin Simoneaux and an alumnus of the Class of ’82.

Event tickets are $60 each and are available in advance or at the door. Although the event is open to the entire community, the Development Office particularly encourages parents to use the event as an opportunity to get to know one another.

“Parents should come out because it’s a fun night to socialize with other St. Paul’s parents,” Campo said, “They can come to school and not have to worry about anything. They can just have fun.”

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