The Better than Ezra Foundation will hold a benefit concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 11, at the House of Blues, 225 Decatur St., New Orleans, featuring Better Than Ezra, Ed Robertson of Barenaked Ladies and Big Sam’s Funky Nation. Tickets are $137.50, which includes an open bar.
A casino night patron party in the House of Blues Parish Room will begin at 5:30 p.m.; patron tickets are $312.50, which includes $300 in playing money, premium food and an open bar. Tickets are available at www.btefoundation.org.
The Better Than Ezra Foundation has raised more than $1.5 million for various causes in and around New Orleans since it began in 2007. Among the organizations it has supported are the Preservation Resource Center, the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, Brad Pitt’s Make it Right Foundation, the Audubon Nature Institute, the Louisiana SPCA, Crime-Stoppers and the ALS/Team Gleason Initiative.
The BTE Foundation also has adopted the Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary School of Literature and Technology in the Hollygrove neighborhood of New Orleans. It has donated school supplies and built an educational playground for the children. More than 100 students are enrolled in a music, arts and education after-school program at Bethune that runs Monday through Friday throughout the school year.