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
Kim Bergeron, Social Media 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