What We Do: Fundraising to Support the LGBTQ Community
We are a fundraising organization founded in 1999, with roots that go back to the mid-1980s. Our organization is dedicated to the health and well-being of the LGBTQ community in Greater New Orleans through engagement, education, healthcare and support.
We exist purely to raise funds on behalf of other non-profit organizations, representing a variety of LGBTQ-focused causes right here in New Orleans. Recent beneficiaries have included organization focused on HIV/AIDS services, suicide prevention, LGBTQ elder advocacy, youth empowerment and meal delivery for those living with HIV/AIDS.
We host an annual Masquerade Ball each year on the Friday night before Mardi Gras —“The Party with a Purpose." This party caps our annual fundraising efforts. The 2017 Ball will be held at The Cannery in Mid-City on Friday, February 24 with a “Hollywood Gone Bad” theme.
Our 2016 Ball, "Once Upon a Twisted Time," was a roaring success: incredible costumes, amazing food stations and a very full bar, plus the unforgettable Cheshire Cat vodka ice luge. The 2017 Ball promises to be another night of revelry, dancing, and spending time with old and new friends.
As we look forward for the rest of the 2016 year, we will be announcing a series of smaller parties and events that kick off our next round of fundraising and build up to the next Masquerade Ball. We will also be diversifying our events to engage and attract a broad range of supporters in the New Orleans community ... and beyond!
Stay tuned for more information. Don't forget, we are are always seeking input and welcoming volunteers who want to join us to create fun and successful events that directly translate into making an impact in our community.
ORGANIZATION AT A GLANCE
Year Launched – 1985
Year Formally Founded – 1999
Number of Balls Hosted – 13
Annual Events – 4-6 per year
Charities Supported – 10 (varies)
Funds Raised – $200,000+