Philanthropic Fun: Helping Hands, Helping Home

Project Lazarus provides a home for people living with HIV and experiencing homelessness.
Executive Director Steve Rivera, Guardian Angel Award Honoree Laura Fine and Founder and Lifetime Achievement Award Honoree Fr. Paul Desrosiers

The annual “Guardian Angel Award Gala” for Project Lazarus saw the 2019 Guardian Angel Award presented to Laura Fine by Larry Lehmann. The award was also presented to the group of Michael McIntosh, Robert Lucky, Jason Allen and Dr. Khanh Ho by Maryam Bahman, last year’s honoree. The Guardian Angel is defined as being a volunteer of Project Lazarus who has made an unforgettable and lasting impact on the state of its agency and mission.

Project Lazarus Co-Founder Fr. Paul Desrosiers was celebrated with a Lifetime Achievement Award presented by Bishop Roger Morin.

Guests were treated to a seated three-course dinner. A silent auction presented 50 packages for bidding, highlights of which were a handmade candelabra by Hernan Caro and Tina Marie, and a one-night stay at the new Hotel Peter and Paul.

Auctioneers Warren Backer Jr. with David Cortez-Backer and Mark Romig auctioned off six live auction packages, including a one-week stay at a mid-century modern vacation home in Palm Springs and an original painting by David Lumpkin.

Lawrence Henry Gobble and Sr. Judy Gomila served as Co-Chairs and Co-Hosts to the 250 guests who attended the sold-out event.

Event at a Glance

What: “Project Lazarus Annual Guardian Angel Award Gala 2019,” benefiting Project Lazarus

When: Thursday, May 10

Where: Ace Hotel

Honorees Michael McIntosh, Robert Lucky, Khanh Ho and Jason Allen

Co-Chair and Co-Host Lawrence Henry Gobble with Development Manager Lily Hannigan