On the eve of Festivals Acadiens et Creoles, LA Fête Lafayette 2011 staged an impressive fundraiser at Trynd to help Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation provide health care access and economic development services for our state’s cultural ambassadors – musicians, chefs, filmmakers, crafts/visual artists. Rex Moroux dished out his own inimitable brand of Americana while New Orleans’ legend-in-the-making Kermit Ruffins demonstrated why he best embodies the spirit of Louis Armstrong.

(1) Melissa Bonin, Kermit Ruffins and Robin May (2) Charlie Goodson and Nidal Balbeisi (3) Murray Conque and Kristy Royster with Francis Pavy painting (4) Marcus Brown, Don Bertrand, Leila Arcieri (former Miss San Francisco) and Robbie Bush (5) Deborah and Ken Simeral (6) Kermit Ruffins and Terrance Simien (7) Pat Mould (8) Sally Donlon (9) Kermit Ruffins

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