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Come One, Come All: The CADA Carnivale Patron Party

Esteban Gershanik, event chair Rita Benson LeBlanc, board president Dr. Juan Gershanik and Ana Gershanik

Steven Hronek

An invitation-only patron party, which was graciously hosted by Honorary Chairs Paul and Donna Flower and sponsored by The New Orleans Saints, was for close CADA (Council on Alcohol & Drug Abuse for Greater New Orleans) supporters and “Carnivale” sponsors on Thursday, November 15. The party featured live music by groups Javier Gutierrez & Vivaz and Jay, Ray & Gee. Guests were able to bid on over 20 lots at the party’s silent auction, and the highest bidders were lucky enough to go home with a Todd White giclee print donated by Galerie D’art Francais and a football autographed by the entire Saints team, among other fabulous prizes. Chef Edgar Caro of Baru Bistro & Tapas catered the evening.

The patron party was delayed due to Hurricane Issac. In September, City Park’s Carousel Gardens were transformed into a fully-fledged family circus for the “CADA Carnivale.” Families could enjoy captivating performances by classic circus acts, such as a face painter, glow-ball juggler, stilt walker and hula-hooper, all while enjoying complimentary ice cream provided by New Orleans Ice Cream Company, a welcomed relief from the hot night. Children could also experience the Carousel Gardens’ original amusement park rides, including the antique wooden carousel, which is now one of only 100 in the country.

Board President Dr. Juan J. Gershanik; Executive Director Joyce V. Bracey; event chair Rita Benson LeBlanc; honorary patron chairs Paul and Donna Flower; and auction chair Celeste Eustis organized both incredible evenings, which directly benefitted CADA’s mission of substance abuse prevention and education.

Event at a Glance


“CADA Carnivale Patron Party,” benefiting the Council on Alcohol & Drug Abuse


Thursday, November 15


The home of Donna and Paul Flower

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