As you gather your friends and prepare to be swept away into Ancient Egypt this Halloween weekend, please know that your impact goes way beyond great costumes, world-class DJs, and an unforgettable weekend. By hosting or attending Halloween New Orleans (HNO), celebrating its 32nd year, you are directly influencing and improving the lives of people living with HIV/AIDS in extreme need—people living at Project Lazarus. As you dance the night away, bid on unique art, and eat world-class food, you are helping those in need to have a warm bed, delicious meals, 24/7 care and be surrounded by a supportive community. Since 1985, the hosts of HNO have invested wholeheartedly in the mission of Project Lazarus… every year without fail, epitomizing the warmth, generosity, and hospitality that New Orleans is known for.
Project Lazarus is so very fortunate to be the sole beneficiary of Halloween New Orleans since the very beginning. As AIDS took a terrible toll on the gay community of New Orleans in the 1980s, forward-thinking community leaders united in the midst of tragedy and began “partying with a purpose,” turning their annual Halloween bash into a lucrative fundraiser. Since then,Halloween New Orleans has raised over $4.5 million for Project Lazarus and is our agency’s single largest donor. In 1985, Project Lazarus was created as a hospice for people with AIDS, mostly gay men, to have a comfortable and loving place to die. Thanks to Halloween New Orleans, hundreds of people who had nowhere else to go or no other option were treated with high-quality care, respect, and dignity. Our work continues to this day, as people no longer come here to die, but to find the tools and resources they need to achieve success and overcome their personal obstacles, whether it be homelessness, addiction, or stigma.
Without Halloween New Orleans, Project Lazarus would not be the life-giving agency it is today. As a participant in HNO, whether for the first time or the 32nd, you make our work possible. I invite you to come by to our beautiful Marigny campus for a tour to see your loving generosity in action—each day, people living with HIV/AIDS change their lives and achieve success they never thought possible.
On behalf of every single person to ever walk through our doors, I thank you. Please know the incredible impact your attendance at HNO this year will make on each resident that enters our doors. So many lives are saved at Project Lazarus. We wish you a wonderful weekend and look forward to seeing you there!
With sincere gratitude,
Interim Executive Director