It’s a Bird; it’s a Plane!

Superheroes, villains and partygoers helped catch criminals at Crimestoppers’ costume gala.
Photographed by will strout
Randy Smith|!!| CEO Darlene Cusanza|!!| Michael Harrison and emcee Gerry “V” Vaillancourt

Batman, the Joker, MalEfIcent, Superman and over 300 law enforcement members were amongst the 850 guests at the “Heroes & Hooligans”-themed “Crimestoppers Carnivale” hosted by Crimestoppers GNO. Partygoers could opt to attend as their favorite hero or villain, and head out to Mardi Gras World for a night of dancing and revelry, chaired by Lynne Burkhart, Lena and Larry Dyess and Glenn Orgeron. Crimestoppers GNO’s President and CEO is Darlene Cusanza and the Board Chairman is Les Nettleton.

Musical entertainment was provided by The Wiseguys, and the emcees were Eric Paulsen, WWL-TV anchor and Gerry “V” Vaillancourt of WRNO radio. The event also featured a costume contest, bringing out familiar faces such as Bonnie and Clyde, Poison Ivy, Batgirl, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Catwoman.

Susan Coco and Pamela Schaefer chaired the live and silent auctions. The live auction featured treasures such as a private reception for 75 in the Pat O’Briens Suite, a guitar signed by the “2014 Blues Night” artists, 14 karat gold-and-diamond earrings from Friend & Company Fine Jewelers and two tickets to the Saints vs. Panthers game including airfare, lodging and meals donated by Joe Impastato. Of the 147 silent auction items, a few selections included artwork from the Hemmerling Gallery, a private yacht sunset cruise donated by James MacPhaille, a vintage amber necklace donated by Anton Ltd. and trips to a condos in Biloxi, Beau Rivage and the Roosevelt New Orleans. Also available were over 100 grab bags or mystery bags containing restaurant gift certificates valued between $25 and $100.  

Dave Barecca of Barecca’s Restaurant and Catering managed the kitchen and staff, and food was donated by more than 30 local restaurants and catering companies. 
 


EVENT AT A GLANCE

What:  “Heroes and Hooligans Crimestoppers Carnivale,” benefiting Crimestoppers GNO
When: Saturday, September 27
Where: Mardi Gras World