The “30 Year Anniversary Gala” showed special recognition to the Archdiocese of New Orleans for their creation of Project Lazarus during the very beginning of the rapidly growing AIDS epidemic. Archbishop Gregory Aymond was present to receive the honors and an award of appreciation.
Messina’s at the Terminal in the Lakefront Airport, restored to its Art Deco glory, set the scene for the elegant fête and provided catering. The Royal Street guitar duo of Tanya and Dorise performed during the cocktail reception.
Marguerite Moisio served as event chair; Lorraine Loydrake, a former resident, current volunteer and present board member was the keynote speaker. The event also featured a special presentation of a 30 Year Anniversary commemorative video, featuring founders Fr. Bob Pawell, OFM and Fr. Paul Desrosiers, produced through a donation from Christopher Jacob Photography.
Eric Paulsen of WWL-TV and Warren Backer Jr. were the emcees and auctioneers for a live auction, which featured seven high-end art and vacation packages. A silent auction also included 19 packages of art, restaurants, hotels and home décor, including a trip to the Maison Dupuy and a sculpture by Hernan Caro.
All funds raised at the gala directly benefit Project Lazarus, a home for people living with HIV/AIDS who would be homeless otherwise.
EVENT AT A GLANCE
What: “30 Year Anniversary Gala,” benefiting Project Lazarus
When: Thursday, June 25
Where: Messina’s at the Terminal