Hosted in the James Devin Moncus Theater, this annual gala celebrates the leading supporters of arts and culture in Acadiana on Saturday, December 2, 2023. The event also features a live and silent auction, which is the only opportunity to receive a Pelicans on Parade for your business or home.
Ticket Includes: food + drinks + live music + live art + Pelicans on Parade auction
Ticket Purchase Supports: AcA’s programs that bring national acts of music & dance, thrilling theater productions, and cutting-edge visual arts exhibitions to Lafayette. Your support also helps expand AcA’s community programs, which include professional development for practicing artists and Arts in Education experiences for more than 80 schools across the region, impacting 43,000 students per year.
Headliner: The Iguanas (New Orleans)
A fixture of the New Orleans music scene for over two decades, The Iguanas’ music is an infectious mix of America’s musical heritage – Tejano and Conjunto sounds from the Texas/Mexico border region, as best exemplified by the accordion and bajo sexto, the American South’s Blues, Jazz and New Orleans R&B, and the fiery passion of the music of the Caribbean and Mexico.
Taking their cues from all of these influences and then some, The Iguanas redefine the notion of Americana, crossing cultures, styles, eras… and even languages. It is not surpising then that the members of The Iguanas have (collectively or individually) played or recorded with everyone from Charlie Rich, Alex Chilton, and Willy DeVille to Emmylou Harris, Allen Toussaint, and Pretty Lights.
The Pelican Ball recognizes the people who have shaped the arts in Acadiana through their commitment and service. We honor both individuals who have contributed directly to the arts council’s work and individuals who have shaped the broader cultural life in Acadiana through their work.
We honor these individuals, and we celebrate our thriving culture in the best way we know how: with a night full of food, music, and artful surprises amidst the core ‘flock’ of Acadiana’s cultural community.
A stalwart of the arts who contributes time, talent and passion through keen financial acumen for AcA.
Active member of many philanthropic boards promoting the enrichment of art in our community.
Daynese & Randy Haynie
Ushered viable coalitions for the betterment of art and culture in Acadiana, along with financial and fundraising support for those organizations.
Dr. Gerd Wuestemann
As Executive Director, guided the organization into its new identity as the AcA, led by the opening of the James Devin Moncus Theater.
Live Auction Pelicans
Can’t have Pelican Ball without the pelicans!
This event features a live and silent auction, which is the only opportunity to receive a Pelicans on Parade for your business or home.
“Sacred Heartland” by Cayla Zeek
Ghost pelican to be painted by an artist of winning bidder’s choice
Silent Auction Pelicans
“Come Sit on My Knee and Eat a Satsuma with Me” by Charlene Hinrichs
“Fleurir Ensemble” by Theresa Rose Mayard
“Bluesiana Peleggcan” by Samantha Battaglia Arnold
Thank you to our generous sponsors!
Presenting Sponsor: Haynie Family Foundation
Benefactor Sponsors: Elaine & Ed Abell, Dr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Montgomery, Tracy & Kevin Moody, Jim Rees & Jeannine Lanoux, Dr. and Mrs. William “Kip” Schumacher, Tides Medical
Patron Sponsors: Dr. Ronnie Daigle & Dr. Patricia Cran, Mrs. Ann Dobie, Tracy & Bryan Frentz, Karren & Tommy Hays, Kiki, Daphne & E.J. Krampe, Dr. Mary B. Neiheisel, Dr. Lawrence & Lindsay Simon