Easter Seals Louisiana has long been embraced by Gardner & Ronnie Kole. Both Gardner & Ronnie serve on the state board of Easter Seals. Gardner has served as State President and Ronnie as the only two term President of Easter Seals Louisiana. Ronnie has hosted the Easter Seals telethon in New Orleans since 1980.
In 1993, a wonderful idea developed to further support Easter Seals Louisiana. The Koles invited premier chefs from the New Orleans and surrounding areas to their Slidell home located on the bayou.
“In 1994 Ronnie contacted Jack Stroupe who had been elected to serve as District Governor for Rotary to ask that Rotary assist with Jazz It was a natural combination. The Rotary Club of Elyria, Ohio had founded an organization in 1917 that later evolved into Easter Seals. Jack and his wife Brenda joined the committee and brought many Rotarians along to work on Jazz, as well as the Easter Seals Telethon. They have remained on the Jazz committee and have been Co-Chairs since 1999.”
Now with the assistance from these chefs as well as corporate sponsors, “Jazz on the Bayou “ has become a major fund raiser for Easter Seals Louisiana.