Hello, Hollywood!

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. 


Advocate Photo by Steven Forster -- Jeison Aristizabal, 2016 CNN Hero of the year  --  Miriam and Jeison Aristizabal, Dr. Juan Gershanik.

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.