Our mission is to raise money to help support the rebuilding and growth of the Gentilly area.
The objective of the Gentilly Fest is to produce a festival every October that will donate proceeds to various groups and organizations that will help make Gentilly a better place to live.
Our strategy is to provide monetary support to the New Orleans Police and Fire Departments that serve the Gentilly community. We also contribute to organizations that provide a recreational or cultural enrichment to our children. This year, Gentilly Fest will also donate funds to Pontchartrain Park and Milne Playground sports programs as well as the Louis Armstrong summer jazz camp for kids.
The Gentilly Fest is a 501c3 organization that is committed to raising money through sponsorships, raffles, galas, silent auctions, and other fundraisers. Admission to the festival is free and open to the general public.
Gentilly Fest celebrates all things "Gentilly," including continuous live music on the main stage and gospel tent. Local restaurants and caterers sell sumptuous food and an Arts and Crafts area feature original works from a variety of craft merchants.
The festival also offers children’s activities including pony rides, a kid’s village, and a variety of practical recovery information offered by local business and non-profit organizations.
The Gentilly Fest is governed by an elected Board of Directors and the event is administered and planned by an Executive committee of community volunteers.
The Gentilly Fest began 8 years ago as a way to help our community help ourselves. We realized that our first responders did not have funds to adequately equip their facilities with furniture, office supplies and other general small office equipment.
The goal of our 1st Gentilly Festival, Inc. was to raise funds to help support our First Responders and promote small business economic awareness and growth in the rebuilding of the Gentilly area.
In the past four years that we have been established, Gentilly Festival, Inc. has raised over $40,000 for police stations and firehouses in Gentilly and other needy organizations.
The Gentilly Festival also provides an opportunity for neighbors to come together and celebrate the community’s rich and resilient culture. Many residents look forward to the event as a way of reconnecting with returning neighbors, relatives and friends.
The New Orleans police and fire personnel are always in attendance at our festivals and get an opportunity to meet people at the event and establish a friendly relationship within the community.