Project Lazarus, a local charity that provides housing and support for people living with HIV/AIDS, hosted its “Guardian Angel Awards” gala at the Pavilion of Two Sisters in City Park on Wednesday, April 23. In addition to a safe place to stay, Project Lazarus offers residents home-cooked meals, educational programs, counseling services and a warm, supportive environment.
At the gala, Tasha Duplantis delivered a keynote address about the healing power of Project Lazarus and how the organization has helped turn her life around for the better.
Also that night, Project Lazarus honored three of its outstanding supporters: Archbishop Emeritus Alfred Hughes and Pat Denechaud both received a Guardian Angel Award, and Halloween New Orleans, represented by Jason Waguespack, received the Pawell-Desrosiers Award. The Guardian Angel Award is bestowed upon supporters who have proven a long-time and heartfelt commitment to Project Lazarus. The Pawell-Desrosiers Award was given to Halloween New Orleans, a volunteer group that raises funds exclusively for Project Lazarus, for its significant generosity and investment toward the organization.
Guests enjoyed a menu of spinach salad, beef with béarnaise sauce and chocolate mousse with raspberry coulis. The night also featured a luxurious live auction that featured a three-night stay at Soniat House and dinner at Cafe Degas.
EVENT AT A GLANCE
What: “Guardian Angel Awards” gala, benefiting Project Lazarus
When: Wednesday, April 23
Where: Pavillion of the Two Sisters, City Park