Stage AE was transformed into a carnival atmosphere with beads given at the door, acrobats on stage, an open bar, and the live jazz music of John Gresh’s Gris-Gris throughout the evening. The room was colorful, the people were colorful, and everyone seemed to be smiling, dancing and enjoying the food on Bourbon Street. There were hors d’oeuvres of cheeses, crab cakes, oysters, and a tapas dinner that included salads, strip steak, chicken gumbo, baroque gulf shrimp, and a variety of sandwiches.
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For me, the evening highlight was Cate’s story told by her parents. Cate was born with a cleft palate and multiple chromosomal abnormalities and has specialized medical needs, one of which is a feeding tube. She received four years of medical care though the Children’s Home day care program. This program enabled the family to work full time knowing that their child was loved and safe at the day care. As they put it, the staff became like family.