Crimestoppers gathered  to celebrate their Carnivale and Patron Party at two stunning locations. The fundraiser kicked off on November 13, 2008, at Mr. and Mrs. Stewart Juneau’s Penthouse Suite of the Ritz-Carlton. Views of the Big Easy impressed all as did the entertainment by David Batiste and The Gladiators and the silent auction featuring exotic trips and lovely artwork.

And as for Crimestoppers’ Fat Tuesday of fundraising, the place to be was Blaine Kern’s Mardi Gras World on November 22. There was an A-Z (Acme through Zatarains) spread of food and drink alongside entertainment from The Tight Ends. The fantastical setting provided do-gooders with plenty of inspiration for fun photos. Silent and live auctions tempted guests with fab goodies: nights playing tourist at a fine selection of local restaurants and hotels, a guitar autographed by the Rolling Stones and a backstage tour of WDSU complete with a luncheon with Roop Raj.

Support for the organization is strong, evidenced by the large turnout of local faces. Jefferson Parish Councilman John F. Young Jr. and Eric Paulsen of WWL were the Honorary Chairs. In attendance to emcee were Kriss Fairbairn of WDSU and Colonel Johnny Fortunato of the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office.

The Greater New Orleans Crimestoppers was founded in 1981 and protects Orleans, Jefferson, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany and Plaquemines Parishes. A Safe Schools Hotline is also available in Orleans and Jefferson. Over 9,500 felonies have been solved thanks to the dedicated staff and watchful citizens fighting for change.