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Cruising in Costume

Alternatives Living, Inc., dressed up to raise funds.

Stephen Gopaul, Karen Gros and Marc Byrd

Photographed by Jeff Strout

Alternatives Living, Inc. held its third annual “Costume Cruise Fundraiser” aboard the popular Creole Queen Riverboat on a cool October night this past fall. Devoted to providing a host of services to individuals and families living with mental, emotional, behavioral, developmental, physical and medical challenges, Alternatives Living, Inc. threw a costume party cruise on the Mississippi River to raise money for their programs.

The evening featured live music and dancing, an open bar, silent auction, door raffle and costume contest. Guests danced the night away to the dulcet sounds of Naydja Cole and the Jazz Experience, and one guest swept the costume competition by donning a homemade Iron Man costume, complete with lit eye sockets and chest power plate.  

Auction highlights included a New Orleans Saints football autographed by Jimmy Graham, a one-week 5-star stay through RCI to be used almost anywhere in the world, a 13-week WWOZ business advertising package, a weekend stay at the Beau Rivage Hotel and Casino in Biloxi and a couple’s night package featuring a night at the Hilton Riverside and jazz brunch at the Court of Two Sisters.


What:  Third annual “Costume Cruise Fundraiser,” benefiting Alternatives Living, Inc.
When: Saturday, October 19, 2013
Where: Creole Queen Riverboat

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