Pinch A Palooza is a crawfish and music festival during “Louisiana Crawfish Awareness Month” and a philanthropic event that supports and raises awareness of local charitable causes and organizations through Deanie’s Seafood’s Bucktown Philanthropic Trust.
This year, Pinch A Palooza will support The Good Shepherd School (GSS), a faith-based elementary school that serves low-income families in New Orleans. GSS opened its doors in the fall of 2001 in the Central Business District and has broken ground on a new school in Gentilly scheduled to be completed in summer 2018 that will more than double its size.
GSS offers an exceptional education to students from low-income families from impoverished areas, and reflects the faith and cultural demographics of the local community. With a focus on small class sizes, GSS addresses the academic, physical, emotional and spiritual growth of each student. 100% of each student’s tuition is paid for by the community and benefactors.
At the core of the academic program at The Good Shepherd School is an inquiry based, technology rich, STEM-infused curriculum augmented by arts enrichment and intervention. Good Shepherd provides a variety of services for both students and their families, including Individual Counseling, Group Counseling, Parenting Classes, Violence Prevention, Family Counseling, Character Education, and Drug and Alcohol Education.
Deanie’s Seafood’s Bucktown Philanthropic Trust has donated more than $20,000 through Deanie’s Pinch A Palooza initiatives since the event’s founding in 2010. Past Pinch A Palooza recipients include the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation, Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation, NOCCA – New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, Ronald McDonald House, St. Louis King of France School, Angel’s Place of New Orleans and the 610 Stompers Foundation, which supports a variety of charitable organizations each year.