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Project Lazarus Honors Its “Guardian Angels”

Photographed by Melissa Calico

Project Lazarus honored their 2013 “Guardian Angels” on Wednesday, April 17 at their 16th annual “Guardian Angel Award Gala.” The Pavilion of the Two Sisters in City Park created a beautiful setting for 250 guests who came out to honor those with distinguished service to the organization, which supports individuals with HIV/AIDS. This year’s gala raised over $45,000 to go towards programming and the increasing food costs at Project Lazarus.

Angie Bowlin, Betty Nice, Jim Lestelle, Kim Moss and Steve Rivera co-chaired the event, which was kicked off on Monday, April 15 with a patron party at the Windsor Court Hotel. The gala began with an exquisite cocktail reception in the blooming Botanical Gardens of City Park, after which a dinner of filet of beef medallions in béarnaise sauce was served.

Two “angels” were honored for their service in helping Project Lazarus succeed in the service of individuals with HIV/AIDS: Frances Smith and Jerry Purcell. Paris Winn was presented with the Pawell-Desrosiers Award, the organization’s highest honor, for his incredible contributions to Project Lazarus throughout its existence.

There was a live auction following the presentation of awards, featuring stays at five-star hotels and a beautiful oil-on-canvas painting by the celebrated Columbian artist, Gustavo Duque.

Event at a Glance

What: 16th annual “Guardian Angel Award Gala,” benefiting Project Lazarus
When: Wednesday, April 17
Where: The Pavilion of the Two Sisters, City Park

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