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Carrier DeVries
DEVENEY on behalf of Arnaud's
(504) 949-3999, ext. 209

(NEW ORLEANS) - October 26, 2016 - This holiday season, Arnaud's Restaurant, in partnership with the New Orleans Police & Justice Foundations (NOPJF), will host its third annual Teddy Bear Program, benefitting the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD), Baton Rouge Department (BRPD), and local communities. Since its inception in 2014, the program has raised more than 2,000 teddy bears for police to hand out to the children they encounter while on duty.

"The success of this program lies in the impact we are making on the community and local youth," said Michael Harrison, Superintendent of Police for the NOPD. "Our officers are as grateful for passing out the teddy bears as the kids receiving them, and that's all thanks to our partners at Arnaud's Restaurant and NOPJF who make that possible."

Beginning November 24, Arnaud's customers and the public are encourages to donate new teddy bears at designated collection sites. At the end of the collection period, December 31, the teddy bears will be donated to NOPD and BRPD officers to place in their vehicles to distribute to children who have been traumatized due to tragedy or victimization.

"This programs encapsulates the true spirit of the holiday season," say Katy Casbarian, co-owner of Arnaud's Restaurant. "We're excited to make this program bigger and better to respond to the need from the NOPD. To do that, we're humbled by the handful of other local organizations who have come on board to support this great cause, to allow greater reach and longevity of the program."

Collection bins will be placed at the below locations and accessible during normal hours of operation, unless otherwise noted.

For Arnaud's Customers:
Arnaud's Restaurant
813 Bienville Street
New Orleans, LA 70112
6 p.m. nightly
10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Sunday Jazz Brunch
*Special holiday hours

For General Public:
400 Poydras Street, Suite 2105
New Orleans, LA 70130
9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday - Friday

New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau
2020 St. Charles Avenue (lobby)
New Orleans, LA 70130
8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday - Friday

*Arnaud's is opening Thanksgiving Day from 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., and will feature special lunch offerings from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on the following dates:

December 12 - 16
December 19 - 24

Arnaud's Restaurant is located at 813 Bienville Street. For reservations and more information, visit




About Arnaud's
Located steps off Bourbon Street in the heart of the French Quarter, Arnaud's offers classic Creole Cuisine and exemplary service in beautifully restored turn of the century dining rooms. Since its inception in 1918, Arnaud's has remained true to its traditions and courtesies. 

Offering live Dixieland Jazz in the Jazz Bistro, romantic dinners in the Main Dining Room, cocktails in the award-winning French 75 Bar and an assortment of private dining rooms overlooking the historic French Quarter, Arnaud's offers the quintessential New Orleans fine dining experience.

About New Orleans Police & Justice Foundations (NOPJF)
Founded in 1995, NOPJF is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the New Orleans Police Department by promoting excellence in policing, efficiency in criminal justice and positive community engagement in New Orleans.
Today, NOPJF works tirelessly on behalf of the New Orleans Police Department along with community groups, business leaders, criminal justince agencies and City officials to make New Orleans a safer place in which to love, work and visit. NOPJF is seeking supporters, like Arnaud's, to join their partnership for a safer city. To learn more about NOPJF, visit