Ben Smith Fête, Honoring Deon Haywood

Join us in New Orleans on Thursday, May 18, as we honor longtime women’s rights advocate Deon Haywood with a reception and award ceremony!

Ben Smith Fête 2017, Honoring Deon Haywood
May 18, 2017, 6 p.m.
Felicity Church, a new event venue
1220 Felicity Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

Deon Haywood, Executive Director of Women With a Vision, Inc., has spent more than 25 years as a human rights defender and advocate for poor women, Black women, and queer women in the Deep South. In 2009, Deon oversaw the launch of WWAV’s NO Justice Project, a campaign to combat the sentencing of women and trans* people arrested for street-based sex work under Louisiana’s 203-yr-old "crime against nature", a felony, which resulted in a federal judicial ruling and the removal of more than 700 women from the sex offender registry. 

This year's Ben Smith event features a new and exciting Patron Party. Unlike previous years, this event will not feature a seated dinner. See ticket options below for more details.

Ticket prices go up on Saturday, April 25, so get your tickets early!

Tickets may also be purchased by mail. Please make your check payable to: ACLU Foundation of Louisiana, PO Box 56157, New Orleans LA 70156. Please indicate on your check the number and type of tickets needed.

If you have questions about this event, please reach out to or 504-522-0617.

We hope to see you there!


Thursday, May 18, 6:00 p.m.


Felicity Church, a new event venue
1220 Felicity Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

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6:00 - Patron Party
7:00 - General Admission doors open


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Doors open at 6 p.m. for patron party with specialty drinks and food, music, plus award ceremony and after-party. Price increases to $125 after April 22.


General admission doors at 7 p.m. for award ceremony and after-party, with drinks, delicious food, and entertainment. Price increases to to $75 after April 22.

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