Fighting Poverty with Passion
The month of April revolved primarily around the Broadmoor Improvement Association’s signature event, the Metamorphosis Gala. The goal of the event was to raise funds that would benefit the hundreds of families that are served through youth recreation programs, adult education classes, counseling/mental health services, affordable housing, primary health care and physical fitness activities in Broadmoor.
After weeks of after work meetings and pounding the streets of New Orleans spreading the word and soliciting donations, we finally saw the event come to fruition. And it was..Great! The event had delicious food courtesy of Broadmoor restaurants (Cajun Seafood, El Pavo Real, Laurel Street Bakery, Ms. Tia Catering, and Mr. Coco’s cakes), restaurants throughout New Orleans (Tujague’s, Dooky Chase, The Creole Creamery, La Boulangerie, Liberty’s Kitchen, Pizza Domenica), drink donations from Constellation Brands Beer Division and Robert Fresh Market, and a live cooking demonstrations from the head chef of Pizza Domenica.
Talented artist Charmaine Neville and her band kept the night lively and fun with a variety of great songs. At the event we engaged patrons in a community art project with a design called a mandala led by Broadmoor resident artist, Theresa Herrera. The mandala is a symbol that represents the universe in certain Indian religions and has both spiritual and ritual connotations.
The Metamorphosis fundraiser committee chose the mandala as a representation of our committee because as Wellness Director Anamaria Villamarin-Lupin so eloquently put it, “Our organization is about representing the community and diversity. By using the mandala as a physical representation of the Broadmoor community, we can demonstrate the kaleidoscope of unique individuals that together make up the beautiful tapestry that is Broadmoor.” It was comforting to see the aforementioned quote actualized by the patrons that attended our event.
Metamorphosis had nearly 80 silent auction items available for auction, a great turnout, and we received rave reviews about the event. The event would not have been the success it was without the help of amazing volunteers, dedicated staff and board members, and members and businesses in the community. Further, it was truly inspiring to see how supportive and involved members of the Broadmoor and Greater New Orleans community are.
P.S. I also had the opportunity to volunteer at Jazz Fest both weekends and gain free admissions!! I saw Lauryn Hill, Jazmine Sullivan, and Maxwell to name a few. It was amazing to see these artist live. Yes..Lauryn Hill was late for her set but she, her band, backup singers, and dancers were lively, amazing, and vibrant! They gave me so much life!!The biggest disappointment of it all was sitting through a thunder and lightning storm waiting for Stevie Wonder.