Rooftop Rendezvous coming on Apr. 11, a party benefitting Slidell all year

For what has become one of East St. Tammany's most anticipated and fun social events, Rooftop Rendezvous is more than an evening of dancing, eating tasty dishes from local restaurants and trying your chances in an exciting parade of prizes. The event also lives on throughout the rest of the year, by raising critically important funds to improve the quality of health in the community.

This year's Rooftop Rendezvous happens on Sat., April 11, from 7-11 p.m. As always, the top floor of the SMH parking garage at 1001 Gause Blvd. will be transformed into the setting for the event, which is why it has become known locally as "The Party above the Boulevard.” It is hosted by the Slidell Memorial Hospital Foundation. Tickets have been on sale for weeks and are going fast, organizers say.

"Our sponsors and attendees are critical in ensuring we deliver our mission to support SMH,” said SMH Foundation Executive Director Laurie Panzeca. "By supporting the SMH Foundation, they help to improve healthcare and outreach programs available to our entire community.Their support makes a difference in many lives because it enables SMH to offer the latest treatments, programs, technology and expert physicians our community needs to have a good quality of life and health.”

Reserved tables for eight are available for $1,200.Tickets are $100 per person. Tickets and reservations are available by calling (985) 280-8820 or

More than 500 people are expected at the event, which features dancing under the stars to the beats of MoJEAUX and an impressive array of donated goods, packages and jewelry, Panzeca said.

"This year, we've added Rooftop Treasures, giving you a chance to win a trip for two, a wine lover's collection, and other exciting, high-value packages,” said Panzeca. "We're excited about making the event bigger and better each year.”

Foodies in town may want to come just for the delectable dishes being served, she said. For the eighth year in a row, Mayor Freddy Drennan and his chefs will be serving 250 pounds of what has become the signature dish of the event: his famous brisket.

Rounding out this year's menu are specialty cocktails and culinary surprises from:NOLA Southern Grill & NOLA Event Catering @ Pinewood; Palmetto's on the Bayou; KY's Olde Towne Bicycle Shop; Christopher's on Carey; Young's Steakhouse; Copeland's of New Orleans; Sunrise on Second; Restaurant Cote; Chesterfield's; Michael's; Silver Slipper Casino Blue Bayou Restaurant; Old Town Soda Shop; Crescent Crown Distributing; Republic National Distributing; Glazer's Distributors and Trinchero Family Estates Winery.

Major sponsors of the event are First NBC, Home Bank, Peoples Health and AMG Specialty Hospital.

The SMH Foundation Board of Directors members are: Ginny Kamath, president; Joel Bruno, Jr., vice president; Vera O'Brien, secretary/treasurer; Oscar Hernandez, past president; Parish Councilman Gene Bellisario; David Brignac; Louis Brookter; SMH Chief Executive Officer Bill Davis; Mack Edgar Dennis; Greg Larsen; Daniel J. Ferrari; Sharon Green; Matthew McElveen, M.D.; Maria Popa; and Alcide L. Thonn, Jr.


Slidell Memorial Hospital is a full-service 229-bed acute care not-for-profit community hospital located at 1001 Gause Blvd., in the heart of Slidell. Founded in 1959, SMH serves as a primary healthcare resource for families in St. Tammany Parish, La.; and, Pearl River County, Miss. For more information, visit . The hospital's main phone number is (985) 280-2200.

Media contact:

Sam Caruso, Jr.

Slidell Memorial Hospital

(985) 280-8834