NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The following information is from the New Orleans Police Department:
Tonight, the NOPD and community leaders are hosting a fundraiser for NOPD Officer Jonathan Smith from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m., at Generations Hall located at 310 Andrew Higgins Drive. The Saints-themed fundraiser, dubbed "Black & Gold Night", includes restaurant tastings, a silent auction and musical performances by Kermit Ruffins, Gentilly Brass Band, Neshia Ruffins Band and Kan-dee-side Band. All funds generated from the benefit will go toward Officer Smith's unpaid and future medical bills as well as his loss of income. Advance tickets are $25 per person and are available online at www.nopjf.org/. Tickets at the door are $30. All tickets include complimentary restaurant tastings and three beverages.
Participating restaurants include:
Neyow's Creole Café
Two Sisters Restaurant
FroYo Café & Sweets
Melba's Chef Ron's Gumbo Stop
Frankie & Johnnies
Smith was shot multiple times while working an off-duty detail at Gene's Po-Boys at the corner of Elysian Fields and St. Claude Avenues in September. As a result of the shooting, Smith spent two weeks in the hospital. He is currently at home recovering from his injuries. Although Smith has a long road ahead of him, he is expected to make a full recovery. Smith, a four year member of the NOPD Fifth District, is a single father of two children.
Monetary donations can be mailed and made payable to the New Orleans Police & Justice Foundation with Jonathan Smith noted in the memo line of the check. Also, an Officer Jonathan Smith Benefit Account has been established. Donations can be made at any Gulf Coast Bank & Trust branch location in New Orleans, Jefferson, Kenner, Mandeville, Covington, Slidell, St. Bernard and Baton Rouge.