Press Release

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Beignet Fest’s Kids’ Village to Feature Sensory Friendly Activities & Pelicans Basketball: Ochsner Hospital for Children to sponsor the Kids’ Village for the second year

New Orleans, LA (September 19, 2017) – The 2nd Annual Beignet Fest will once again feature a Kids’ Village, with both sensory friendly activities and fun for all young attendees on Saturday, October 7, 2017 from 10AM – 6PM at the Festival Grounds at City Park. Ochsner Hospital for Children will sponsor the Kids’ Village for the second year in a row.


“We’re thankful to be able to partner with Ochsner Hospital for Children again,” said Festival Founder and Event Producer Sherwood Collins. “The Kids’ Village is an essential part of what our Foundation is about, and with the help of Ochsner, we’re able to really bring something spectacular to fruition.”


Like Beignet Fest 2016, this year’s Kids’ Village will offer a sensory tent for children with developmental delays as well as a story time area. Younger revelers will also be able to make arts and crafts, play corn hole and giant jenga as well as many other activities. For the more active kids, Ochsner is also providing hurdles, jump ropes and other recreation centered on its “I Can Do It” program.


As a special treat, the New Orleans Pelicans, in partnership with Ochsner Health System, are creating an adaptive training course with double shot basketball. Through the myriad of activities, Ochsner hopes to create a fun and safe environment for all children attending the festival.


“The Ochsner Hospital for Children team is passionate about Beignet Fest and the Kids’ Village,” said Vice President of Pediatrics at Ochsner Health System, Thomas Harris. “Caring for children and families is so important to us, as demonstrated through our ongoing outreach programs and the upcoming opening of the Michael R. Boh Center for Child Development. We’re proud to partner with an event that not only provides an opportunity for all children to celebrate, but supports critically important causes throughout the city.”


Once again, proceeds from the festival will benefit the Tres Doux Foundation with a mission to celebrate, embrace and enhance the lives of children with developmental delays and disabilities by presenting them as whole beings, and to support organizations that do the same.


For more information about Beignet Fest, visit or connect with Beignet Fest on Facebook and Instagram (@BeignetFest) (#BeignetFest).


Editor’s Note: Photos of last year’s Kids’ Village can be found via this Dropbox link.


About Beignet Fest: Beignet Fest celebrates New Orleans’ most iconic dessert: the beignet. From traditional sweet treats to savory delicacies that feature seafood, cheese and more, the 2nd Annual Beignet Fest is serving up the best beignets in the South on Saturday, October 7, 2017. Proceeds from Beignet Fest will benefit the Tres Doux Foundation, which makes grants to nonprofits serving children with developmental delays.




About Tres Doux Foundation: The mission of the Tres Doux Foundation is to celebrate, embrace and enhance the lives of children with developmental delays and disabilities by presenting them as whole beings, and to support organizations that do the same.


About Ochsner Health System: Ochsner Health System is Louisiana’s largest non-profit, academic, healthcare system. Driven by a mission to Serve, Heal, Lead, Educate and Innovate, coordinated clinical and hospital patient care is provided across the region by Ochsner’s 29 owned, managed and affiliated hospitals and more than 80 health centers and urgent care centers. Ochsner is the only Louisiana hospital recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a “Best Hospital” across four specialty categories caring for patients from all 50 states and more than 80 countries worldwide each year. Ochsner employs more than 18,000 employees and over 1,100 physicians in over 90 medical specialties and subspecialties, and conducts more than 600 clinical research studies. Ochsner Health System is proud to be a tobacco-free environment. For more information, please visit and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

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