Terrible B movies, misguided facelifts and wacky plot lines were skewered in good fun at the Friday Night Before Mardi Gras Ball, themed "Hollywood ... Gone Bad!" at The Cannery in Mid-City New Orleans. Guest of honor was Orlando Pulse survivor Leonel Melendez and family; all enjoyed music, dancing, food, auction and a costume contest. The Friday Night group raises tens of thousands of dollars every year for LGBTQ causes in the New Orleans area.
Survive and Thrive
Jeison Aristizabal of Cali, Colombia, has overcome physical challenges to create a foundation to aid others with disabilities. Named a 2016 CNN Hero of the Year, Aristizabal was honored at Lake Marina Towers by the Crew of VIPs and Casa Argentina New Orleans, hosted by Ana and Dr. Juan Gershanik.