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