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.

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.


Gardner & Ronnie Kole, Chairs
Elizabeth Schneider, Co-Chair
Pam Franklin, Co-Chair
Elizabeth Schneider, Auction Chair
Walter Thies, Radio-TV Chair
John Perkins, Press Chair
Kendra Maness, Press Chair
Vicky Magas, Rotary Chair
Al Tomsic, Rotary Chair
Barbara Williams, Jazz Girls Chair

    • Rene & Sandy Arcemont
    • Dianne Baham
    • Kim Bergeron
    • Diane Boudreaux
    • Helen Camp
    • Helen Cassell
    • Beverly Cummings
    • Maxine Dammon
    • Ron Davis
    • Doree & Mike Donovan
    • Pam & Steve Duvernay
    • Effie & Leo Ehrhardt
    • Suzette & Dan Ferrari
    • Mark & Shirlann Finch
    • Pam and James Franklin
    • Bernie Friel
    • Dick Gannon
    • Tracy Garner
    • Ann & Dave Mannella
    • Marie & Mike Mire
    • Bill & Jane Neubauer
    • Sue & Bobby Ohler
    • Gilda & John Perkins
    • Tim Pillsbury
    • Martha & Bob Reese
    • Elizabeth & Pete Schneider
    • Mike & Sherri Sibley
    • Debbie & David Tatum
    • Wanda & Walt Thies
    • Janis & Al Tomsic
    • Diane Trembley
    • Itsy Vandenburg
    • Kathy & Gary Vincent
    • Barbara & Raymond Williams
    • Meredith Wright