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Boys Hope Girls Hope hosts ‘Taking Flight’ gala, September 18

Written by  Boys Hope Girls Hope of Greater New Orleans
When you walk into the Boys Hope Girls Hope of Greater New Orleans (BHGH) home in Mid City, you would think you’re in any regular house. Pictures of children on the walls doing sports or dancing, chore wheel on the refrigerator to make sure everyone has a turn, corkboards in the bedrooms with kids’ names and their dreams and interests, vision boards on the door with their future. Basically, the things you would see in any home with kids and teenagers.
The Boys Hope Girls Hope home is not your “typical” home, however. Instead of biological parents, there are “house parents.” Instead of rooming with your brothers or sisters, there are kids from different neighborhoods and walks of life together. But what remains constant is the love, support, and attention that each child receives.
Founded by Rev. Harry W. Tompson, S.J., and Hon. Adrian Duplantier in 1980, “Boys Hope Girls Hope of Greater New Orleans provides at-risk children between the ages of 10 and 18 with a stable home, positive parenting, high-quality education, and the support needed to reach their full potential.” Over 200 children have made their way through the Boys Hope Girls Hope program, “finding the structure, support, and guidance needed to overcome harmful circumstances beyond their control and reach their goals.”

Coming up on September 18, BHGH invites New Orleans to their premier gala, “Taking Flight,” from 7:00pm-10:00pm in the Messina’s at the Terminal in the Lakefront Airport. This year’s Gala is a historic celebration of the 35 years that Boys Hope Girls Hope has been providing New Orleans youth in need with the safe home, long-term care, and academic opportunities needed for future success.
“Taking Flight,” chaired by Mary Beth Bourgeois and Lisa Comeaux, will be a night to remember, featuring the best in local New Orleans cuisine, live music and entertainment, and an exclusive live auction and raffle—all in support of the dedicated young men and women of Boys Hope Girls Hope.
Boys Hope Girls Hope will also take this opportunity to honor their School Partners who have been committed to providing BHGH scholars with academic opportunities and scholarships throughout their 35 years. BHGH School Partners that will be honored at this year’s event include: Jesuit High School, St. Mary’s Dominican High School, Archbishop Rummel High School, Stuart Hall School for Boys, Holy Name of Jesus School, Brother Martin High School, Good Shepherd School, St. Francis Xavier School, Lusher Charter School, De La Salle High School, St. Augustine High School, and St. Anthony of Padua School.
Additional event highlights include:
- Live music by popular New Orleans’ band, The Wiseguys.
- The Live Auction & Luxury Raffle boasts one-of-a-kind experiences and art, including a live painting of theevent by Frenchy, a private party for 30 at Acme Oyster House, and a New Orleans Saints 50-yard line, club level experience complete with pre-game field passes to the game against the Dallas Cowboys.
- Attendees’ appetites are sure to be satisfied with food from some of the area’s best restaurants, including Mr. John’s Steakhouse, Napoleon House, Mat & Naddies, Antoine’s and more, while Glazer’s, Gallo Family Vineyards, and Beam Sumtory will provide delicious libations throughout the evening.
Tickets to the event are $125 each and are available for purchase at or by calling (504) 484-7744.
About Boys Hope Girls Hope
Boys Hope Girls Hope is committed to the vision of safe, family like homes and educational opportunities for all children. BHGH currently operates two homes in mid-city that serve 16 young men and women from their entry into the program through elementary and middle school, and through high school graduation. BHGH provides all the support, resources, and guidance a child needs to succeed at no cost to their families, and has had outstanding results: nationally, BHGH holds a 100% high school graduation rate and a college retention rate of 89-94%, compared to the national average of 66%.
Last modified on Tuesday, 15 September 2015
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