After returning to New Orleans from her "Hurrication," local artist Jessica King-Bernard wanted to support Hurricane Ida relief, especially after seeing a friend's posts on Instagram sharing the details of the devastation to her hometown of Lafourche Parish.
"As a small business owner and retired fundraiser, I knew I could generate more funds for Ida relief by collaborating with others than acting alone; so I got on the phone and started calling my female artist and business owner friends," she told Adore. "They all said 'YES!' and what started out as 12 quickly turned 18, and now 24, as the word spread. It has been a bit of a 'fly by the seat of our pants' effort, as time is of the essence and we wanted to act fast. Within three days of our initial discussions, the raffle was live at noon on Tuesday, 9/14."
The raffle was held on Tuesday, September 21 and one winner received an incredible package of art, services, and more valued at over $4,000. All proceeds from the raffle were donated to The Bayou Fund. As of Thursday evening (9/16), the raffle was close to $8,000, with a goal of $10,000. King-Bernard has been posting "transparency updates" to her Instagram Stories daily and has a highlight button called "Boss Ladies" that captures all of the raffle's highlights.
For a chance to win, participants Venmo'd @Jessica-King-Bernard. Each $25 donation was good for one raffle ticket (there is no limit), and the raffle officially closed on Monday, September 20 at midnight.
Below, a list of the donated items and services that the lucky winner received.
@jessicakingbernardart - Original Art, Matted & Framed ($200)
@elysianbyem - Vanity Case ($125)
@melissafuselier - 3 Private Pilates Sessions ($270)
@feetfirststores - Beaded Martini Clutch/Crossbody ($130)
@lsteffan - NOLA Print w/Mat ($40 Value)
@eljfinefinishes - Blue Malachite Obelisks on Gold Leaf Bases ($250)
@by_danielledesign - Personalized Stationery ($75)
@parlourontchoup - Blowout or Haircut ($75)
@rebornebakery - Gift Card ($100)
@azbys - Gift Card ($200)
@kategracebauer - Storm/Rainbow Mantra Bracelets ($115)
@lillyandcoboutiqueandsalon - Supergoop Sun Care Package ($134)
@shop_portandzo - Gold Filled Necklace With Coordinating Bracelets ($315)
@epiphanythrows - Biodegradable Acai Seed Bead Necklace ($15)
@shellysessions - Original Art and Fine Photography ($600)
@zonawainwright - Original Art on Canvas ($450)
@hirschlassenpaintings - Giclee on Metal ($200)
@suesartor - Paloma Dress of Choice ($495)
@nikieps - Gift Card ($150)
@deceauxart - LA Gift Set ($175)
@nola_popup_picnic - Gift Card ($125)
@treva_g_c - Rodan & Fields Detox Mask ($60)