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The 26th Annual “Art Against AIDS” Gala

Steven Hronek

When an opportunity comes along to support a worthwhile cause and have an unforgettable evening while doing so, many would agree that this is just too good to pass up. It seems the guests at “Art Against AIDS” at the New Orleans Museum of Art Saturday, December 1, agreed. NO/AIDS Task Force’s 26th annual gala was one of the most successful yet, with over 1,000 attendees supporting the Task Force and its mission to provide “hope, care and compassion” to Louisiana families affected by HIV and AIDS.

Thanks to honorary co-chairs Lin Emery and Skylar Fein; honorary co-chairs emeriti John Bullard and William Fagaly; media chair Chet Pourciau; school arts chair Candy Ulmer Cranch; holiday boutique chair Edmund Adams; entertainment chair Laura Tenneyson; culinary arts chair Poppy Tooker; auction chairs Bryan Batt and Tom Cianfichi; and operations chair Jimmy Fahrenholtz, the gala was a wonderful success, raising over $100,000.

Shades of Praise Gospel Choir, The Sirens of New Orleans, Big Deal Burlesque, Nasimiyu & Rainy Days and Dorian Rush provided live music and entertainment.

Guests enjoyed a silent auction of juried artwork, with pieces from some of New Orleans’ most well-respected artists. One highest bidder was also lucky enough to win an exclusive tour of world-renowned artist Skylar Fein’s studio. Guests could also purchase unforgettable gifts for loved ones at the holiday boutique, including specially handcrafted Christmas ornaments by New Orleans youth and “Paper Prayers,” painted strips of paper offered in Japan as prayers for the sick.

Event at a Glance


26th annual “Art Against AIDS,” benefiting the NO/AIDS Task Force


Saturday, December 1


New Orleans Museum of Art

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