Real Superheroes of St. Tammany Gala coming September 21st!

Safe Harbor is introducing the “Real Superheroes of Safe Harbor” gala to the community. For eight years the annual event was known as the “Real Men of St. Tammany” gala, but this year the competition for the Real Superhero of Safe Harbor title will be open to men and women.

These superheroes will work to increase awareness and financial support for the education and prevention of domestic violence. The superhero who raises the most money for Safe Harbor will be named the Real Superhero of the Year at the close of the event.

The Gala will be held Saturday, September 21st at the Northshore Harbor Center, 7pm-11pm.

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Premier Event on the Northshore

The Real Superheroes of Safe Harbor gala is one of the premier events on the Northshore.

Admission includes live music by The New Orleans Mystics, a catered dinner, an open bar, dancing, and a performance by the Pussyfooters marching group. There will also be a silent auction, a live auction and an opportunity to mingle and dance with guests at a superhero themed party.

Cocktail attire is requested, and superhero costumes are always welcome.


Tickets are $100 in advance and $125 at the door

Meet the Candidates

Coming Soon!

Senator Sharon Hewitt

District 1 Senator Sharon Hewitt came to the Louisiana State Senate as a recognized business and community leader with decades of volunteer service to area children and families. The Lake Charles native and long-time resident of Slidell is a graduate of Barbe High School and holds a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from LSU. As an engineering executive, Senator Hewitt managed major deepwater assets in the Gulf of Mexico for Shell and earned a reputation as a passionate, committed problem solver. As a state senator, Hewitt serves as vice-chair of the Senate Transportation Committee, and is a member of the Senate Environmental Committee, the Joint Budget Committee, and the Senate Finance Committee, which oversees the state budgeting process. In addition, the Senator represents the state of Louisiana on two important national energy panels, serves on several statewide coastal restoration committees, and is Vice-Chair of the Women's Caucus. Since beginning her first term in 2016, the Senator has focused on fiscal reforms to shrink the size of government, to limit spending, to tie state funding to results, and to streamline higher education and healthcare. In addition, Senator Hewitt is the leading advocate for growing the Louisiana economy by creating a STEM workforce, enabling families to realize the American dream and women to close the gender gap. Senator Hewitt married her husband, Stan, over 35 years ago and they have proudly raised two sons, Chris and Brad. They are longtime members of Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Slidell. Senate District 1 includes portions of St. Tammany, St. Bernard, Plaquemines, and Orleans parishes.

Helena Moreno

Helena Moreno is the Councilmember-At-Large and Council President for the City of New Orleans. As a Councilmember - and a Legislator before - Helena’s championed laws to shield victims of sexual assault, to restrict weapons from domestic abusers, and to promote gender equality. Helena began her career in New Orleans as an award-winning investigative reporter for NBC affiliate, WDSU-TV. She was part of a team awarded an Emmy for outstanding coverage during Hurricane Katrina. In 2010, she was elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives. While a Legislator, Helena was honored as a champion for women by various organizations. Her work to fight domestic violence in Louisiana is featured in the award-winning documentary film called Five Awake. To continue to advance issues important to women and their families, Helena founded the non-profit Ignite Advocacy Network. It serves as an awareness and policy alert network for individuals interested creating a better Louisiana for women. Helena works as a licensed realtor with Talbot Realty Group in New Orleans and lives uptown with her husband Chris Meeks and her dog Nacho.

Patti Oppenheim

After Patti graduated from LSU and Loyola Law School, where she was an Editor and a member of the Loyola Law Review, she practiced law but found her true passion - serving and protecting families - which she has done for over 20 years. To hone those skills, Patti became certified by the Louisiana State Bar Association to be a Family Law Specialist and also became a child custody mediator to help families resolve their issues out of court. For nearly 10 years, Patti served as Staff Attorney and Hearing Officer for the Hon. Judge Mary Devereux. During her time at Family Court, she helped organize National Adoption Day and Family Court’s annual Court Improvement Day. As a Hearing Officer, she presided over and decided 235 emergency custody hearings and thousands of other family court matters. Patti left the court in September 2018 and she now represent people in custody disputes. In addition to practicing law, Patti served as the President of the local bar association and organized a group of Northshore attorneys who promote civility and professionalism in the practice of law. Patti also serves on the Board of Directors for the Northshore Food Bank, she is a member and past President of the Junior League of Greater Covington, and a graduate of Leadership St. Tammany, and a member of the Republican Professional Women of St. Tammany. Patti and her husband Dan have been married for 35 years. In addition to his day job, Dan serves with the United States Air Force Auxiliary, Civil Air Patrol, where he performs search and rescue, hurricane relief, and other flights of national and state interest post-disaster. They are the proud parents of three children, Rachel, Rebecca and Ryan, all Mandeville High School graduates.

Cheryl Scaglione

Originally from Chalmette, has been a resident of Slidell since 2004. She is the Assistant Director at The Hospice House, a non-profit, which provides terminally ill patients a place to stay in their final days free of charge. Previously the Director of Open Arms Community Center, part of Open Arms Ministries in Slidell which she currently sits on the governing board. She has an Associate's degree in merchandising and retail management from Nicholls State university where she was a little sister for TKE fraternity. A graduate of Leadership Northshore class of 2016. Her passion is giving back to her community by volunteering for The Real Man of St. Tammany for the last 5 years and previously volunteering at the Crawfish Cook, Northshore on Tap, Wine and Dine non-profit fundraisers which benefit the Hospice House where she now works. Co-directs Camp Bearable which is a grief camp for children 7-12 years old who have lost someone close to them. Supporting other non-profits in St. Tammany Parish, she is a member of the Steel Mimosas, Slidell Ministers Alliance, East and West Chamber of Commerce, Social Services Network and Professional Women of St. Tammany. She is married to Mark Scaglione for 29 years and has two children: Reed and Mya.

J. Collin Sims

Collin Sims grew up in Mandeville, LA and graduated from Saint Paul’s High School in 1999. He attended Mississippi College on a leadership scholarship and graduated with honors with a degree in Political Science. Collin later earned a Juris Doctorate from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. Beginning as an Assistant District Attorney in Orleans Parish in 2006, Collin has devoted his entire legal career to serving as criminal prosecutor. In 2008, he accepted a position with the United States Attorney’s Office becoming one of the youngest Assistant United States Attorneys in the country. In January of 2015, Collin accepted the position as Chief of the Criminal Division for the 22nd Judicial District Attorney’s Office for District Attorney Warren Montgomery, where he continues to serve St. Tammany and Washington Parishes. In 2018, the District Attorney’s office began collaborating with Safe Harbor, community leaders, and state law enforcement agencies to start the Saint Tammany Domestic Violence Coordinated Community Response Team. This team is a multi-disciplinary partnership that focuses on providing access to domestic violence and sexual assault services that enhance victim safety and privacy. Collin met his wife Elizabeth Sims while attending Mississippi College and had the honor of marrying her on November 26, 2005. Elizabeth is a Family Nurse Practitioner for Dr. Elizabeth White’s office in Covington, LA. She also volunteers as a children’s advocate with CASA. They have three beautiful children together; Sophia, Clay, and Everett and live in Covington, LA.

Barry Smith

New Orleans native that’s a entrepreneur of all things dealing with fitness. Barry is currently running many companies. He owns FUEL Center of Fitness in Metairie, Louisiana. From this, his franchise concept FitPro was born. He also owns FIRST TEAM Athletic Apparel and POUND CAKES protein pancake mix. You’ll find all of Barry’s brands featured on Bravo TV’s, Southern Charm New Orleans, where he’s one of the stars of the show.

Married to Ch. 26 news anchor Tamica Lee for almost 12 years, they have 2 beautiful children. Hunter 17 and Rani 10. Barry holds his family as his top priority and supports his wife in all her many endeavors. He’s a firm believer that you should always want your partner win, as bad as they want you to win.

Gerald Sticker

Chief Gerald Sticker was born in Covington and raised in Ponchatoula. He enlisted in the U.S.M.C. Reserve immediately after graduating Ponchatoula High School in 1986, and he was deployed between 1990-1991 to the first Gulf War, earning, amongst other citations, a Combat Action Ribbon and Navy Achievement Medal. Gerald began his law enforcement as a reserve police officer in 1992 with the City of Mandeville, before accepting a fulltime position in the department’s criminal patrol division in 1995. Chief Sticker rose through the ranks within the department over the years, obtaining his bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice along the way from Liberty University. He was appointed to the position of Chief of Police in August of 2016 where he currently serves. Gerald is most proud of his family; wife Tonia, two sons, three stepdaughters and two grandsons.


The Defenders: $600

- One-Half Reserved Table for 5 Guests
- Name Listed Online & in Program

The Incredibles: $1000

- One Reserved Table for 8 Guests
- Name Listed Online & in Program

X-Men: $1,500

- One Reserved Table for 10 Guests
- Name with Logo Listed Online & in Program

Fantastic Four: $2,000

- Two Reserved Tables for 16 Guests
- Name with Logo Listed Online & in Program

Justice League: $5,000

- Two Reserved Tables for 20 Guests
- 6 General Admission Tickets
- Unique Table Signage
- Name with Logo Prominently Listed Online & in Program
- Recognition at Event

Guardians of the Galaxy: $10,000

- Three Reserved Tables for 30 Guests
- 10 General Admission Tickets
- Unique Table Signage
- Specialty Drink Glasses
- Name with Logo Prominently Listed Online & in Program
- Recognition at Event

Avengers - Presenting Sponsor: $15,000

- Recognition at Gala as Presenting Sponsor
- Print and Press Media for the Event
- Link to Company from Website
- Three Reserved Tables for 30 Guests
- Specialty Drink Glasses
- 20 General Admission Tickets
- Unique Table Signage
- Name with Logo Listed as Presenting Sponsor Online, on Gala Materials and on Subsequent Promotional Materials

You can also call Jessica Karr at (504) 352-6462 for more information.