FFL ‘s Playlist Pool Party

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CELEBRATING COMMUNITY & CULTURE AT FFL'S PLAYLIST POOL PARTY

 

During this year's Essence Fest weekend, the Foundation for Louisiana (FFL) proudly hosted our very first Playlist Pool Party at the iconic Dew Drop Inn. This event brought together a beautifully orchestrated mix of music, community, and great energy, creating an unforgettable experience that honored Louisiana’s rich cultural legacy.

Our event featured eight exceptional Black-led nonprofits in person and another five nonprofits during the virtual playlist party. Each organization had the opportunity to showcase their incredible work, engage with attendees, and form valuable connections with guests from across the nation.

The Dew Drop Inn, recently restored to its former glory, served as the perfect backdrop for our celebration. Known for its contributions to music history, this venue added a unique touch of nostalgia and significance to our event, reminding everyone of the power of music and community in driving change.

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In addition to enjoying drinks, dancing, and the pool, attendees learned about the impactful initiatives led by these nonprofits, which spanned a variety of areas—from championing employment rights to our beloved culture bearers who preserve and promote the rich heritage of our communities. FFL’s Playlist Pool Party provided a platform for these organizations to share their stories, network, and inspire others to get involved.

This successful event marks the beginning of what we hope will become annual Essence Fest tradition. We are grateful for the support and enthusiasm from our partners, sponsors, and guests. Together, we are amplifying the voices of those making a difference in Louisiana.

Stay tuned for more highlights and stories from the nonprofits featured at the Playlist Pool Party. We look forward to continuing this journey of empowerment and celebration with all of you.

Kicking off FFL’s first-ever Essence Fest weekend event, the Playlist Pool Party was a spectacular celebration hosted at the legendary Dew Drop Inn. This iconic venue, renowned for its musical history, beautiful pool, and state-of-the-art music venue, set the stage for an unforgettable day of fun. 

The meticulous attention to detail that went into restoring the Dew Drop Inn is apparent in every space throughout the property, creating an atmosphere that seamlessly blends historic charm with modern luxury. Each hotel room at the Dew Drop Inn pays tribute to the legendary musicians and personalities that have made this venue a cornerstone of New Orleans culture and musical heritage.  

For an inside look at the incredible story behind the revival of the Dew Drop Inn, check out this episode of FFL’s new podcast Small Talk, Big Ideas where Curtis Doucette Jr. details the journey of bringing his passion project to life. 

The Dew Drop Inn's stunning surroundings, rich history, and top-notch amenities make it the perfect choice for your next getaway or special event. Whether you're planning a stay or hosting a celebration, experience the magic of the Dew Drop Inn and become part of its storied legacy. Book now and create memories that will last a lifetime!

 

 

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Relive the unforgettable moments from our first-ever Playlist Pool Party at Essence Fest! Check out our photo gallery to see highlights of the event, featuring the dynamic energy at the historic Dew Drop Inn, inspiring presentations by Black-led nonprofits, and the joyous connections made by guests from all over the country. Explore the images that capture the spirit of community and culture.

 

 

FEATURED IN-PERSON NONPROFITS

TAKE A MOMENT & LEARN MORE ABOUT THESE AMAZING GRANTEE PARTNERS

THE BABYDOLLS
OF NEW ORLEANS
NEW ORLEANS BABYDOLLS
NOLA Black
Mental Health Matters
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THE YOUTH
INITIATIVE NOLA
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THE ORIGINAL BLACK

SEMINOLE BABY DOLLS

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STEP UP LOUISIANA

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TEKREMA CENTER

FOR ART AND CULTURE

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GLORIA'S GARDEN

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FEATURED VIRTUAL NONPROFITS

Dream House

Wellness Foundation

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Amplify Justice

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Saul's Light

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Do It For Me

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New Orleans Women

& Children's Shelter

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