The Real Superheroes of Safe Harbor Gala coming September 21st 2024

Rachael P. Catalanotto

Rachael P. Catalanotto earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Louisiana State University in 2003. She earned her Juris Doctor from Loyola College of Law, New Orleans in 2007. Rachael is a lifelong resident of St. Tammany Parish. She is the past President of the 22nd JDC Bar Association. In 2014, she was a board member of the Young Lawyer’s Section of the 22nd JDC Bar Association and the Community Outreach Chair in 2017. She served as Vice President of the 22nd JDC Bar Association in 2019. She has been recognized by SuperLawyer’s Magazine from 2014 through 2023 and was recognized by Edge of the Lake Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40 List, as well as named one of New Orleans Magazine’s Top Lawyers of 2021. In 2020, Rachael was appointed by St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper to the New Directions 2040 Steering Committee. In 2020, she was appointed by Mayor Clay Madden and currently serves as the Magistrate over Mandeville’s Mayor’s Court. Rachael is a Partner at Rene Frederick and Associates, and her main areas of practice is Personal Injury and Family Law. In 2020, Rachael became Board Certified in Family Law by the Louisiana Board of Specialization. Rachael is actively involved in her local community, volunteers her time for several local nonprofits and has served in multiple roles on political campaigns. Rachael is from Slidell, has her office in downtown Covington, she serves the citizens of Mandeville and resides in Madisonville with her husband and two children. She is looking forward to raising awareness and much need funding for Safe Harbor and is honored to be selected as a Safe Harbor Superhero of 2023.

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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, a performance by the Pussyfooters marching group and other surprises. 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!

Meet the Candidates

Arthur Hardy

Born in 1946 in New Orleans, Arthur Hardy has been a resident of Mandeville since 2007. He is a product of the public school system in New Orleans and serves as president of the Friends of Warren Easton, his high school alma mater’s fundraising foundation. Hardy holds a B.M.E. degree from Loyola University (1970) and taught music at Brother Martin High School for 16 years. In 2022 the school established the Arthur Hardy Fine Arts Scholarship. From 1978-1980, Hardy was State President of the Louisiana Music Educators' Association. In 2002, he was inducted into the group’s Hall of Fame. Arthur Hardy is a nationally recognized authority on Mardi Gras and has appeared on the Today Show six times. His annual Mardi Gras Guide magazine has sold more than three million copies (1977-2023). Hardy sold the magazine to the Times-Picayune in 2023 but will continue to handle the editorial content through 2026. Arthur Hardy has provided parade reports for WWL radio since 1986. He worked at television stations WWL (1986-1999) and WDSU (2000-2015), before moving to WVUE in 2016. In 2014 he became a contributing writer for the daily New Orleans Advocate newspaper, now the Times-Picayune/New Orleans Advocate. Arthur Hardy Publishing company has produced more than two dozen books dealing with regional subjects such as the NFL New Orleans Saints, lost neighborhood movie theaters, prep football, the Fair Grounds Race Track, as well as histories of Carnival organizations such as Rex, Endymion, Momus, Hermes, d’Etat, Iris and Bacchus.The company also published the works of New Orleans writers Angus Lind, Ronnie Virgets, Ron Brocato, Wayne Mack, Henri Schindler, Bob Roesler and Bob Carr.

Misty Lopez

Misty Lopez was born in Metairie and moved to St. Tammany Parish at the tender age of nine. She is a proud Covington High alumnus who currently resides in downtown Covington with her husband, Hector. They are the proud parents of their own Fantastic Four: Collin, Gabriella, Reed and Bella. Having realized at a young age that her passion was real estate, Misty has been a realtor for 13 years and is currently an agent at Meredith Escher Schroder Real Estate. Over the years, she has won many top realtor and sales awards including top 500 realtor of New Orleans & surrounding areas and Mega Agent of Keller Williams. In addition to being a multi-million-dollar agent, Misty loves having the opportunity to mentor and guide other agents within the community while serving on the agent leadership council board. Misty is extremely passionate about helping others achieve their goals and start new chapters in their lives with buying, selling, or investing in their dream homes and properties. Throughout her career, she as been able to align with local community and state leaders to help others and families in need of shelter until they were able to establish a home of their own. Misty also volunteers with Habitat for Humanity to help build homes in the surrounding areas. When not selling real estate or helping others, you can find her cheering on her Fantastic Four on a sideline, in the bleachers somewhere, or volunteering at their school.

Brandon Michael Blancher

Brandon is a Captain with St. Tammany Fire District 2 with 15 years of service. Born and raised in St. Bernard Parish, Brandon attended Archbishop Hannan High School and is a graduate of the 2005 class. After Hurricane Katrina, at the age of 18, Brandon and his family made the Northshore their home. He would join the fire department in 2008 and become the rank of Captain in late 2013. Brandon would go on to compete in bodybuilding competitions in the New Orleans and Houston areas. His love of working out would lead him into personal training and eventually into owning 2 Anytime Fitnesses in St. Tammany. Brandon has become a well-known entrepreneur in the area and continues to grow his knowledge of firefighting and business development. He is passionate about lending a helping hand in the community and wants to be a beacon for positive growth. Brandon now resides in Madisonville with his wife, Lindsey, and 2 sons, Cameron and Cole.

Patrick Casnave

Sheriff Randy Smith has chosen Lt. Patrick Casnave of the Traffic Division to represent the STPSO as a superhero for Safe Harbor. Lt. Casnave is a Slidell native, and a graduate of Salmen High School, class of 2000. Go Spartans! He is a 2nd generation Law Enforcement Officer, and he began his career with STPSO in 2004. He has worked in several different divisions within the agency including Criminal Patrol, SWAT, Marine, Community Relations, Street Crimes and Traffic. His heart is in the Traffic Division, and he enjoys being on a motor bike. He is currently the commander of the STPSO Honor Guard, and involved in the STPSO Peer Support program in which he provides support to his fellow brothers and sisters in blue following a critical incident. Lt. Casnave was also the regional coordinator for the Louisiana Passenger Safety Task Force, which makes his biggest pet peeve on the job is ensuring that car seats are installed correctly. Lt. Casnave commonly makes himself available to educate parents and conduct car seat installations. Lt. Casnave is a recent Leadership Northshore graduate and he also serves as a board member for a local non-profit known as KIDS (Kids in Development Slidell) which he provides car seats for families in need within the community. When he isn’t out enforcing traffic laws, he is out camping with his wife and 3 sons, ages 7, 8, and 10. Vote for Lt. Patrick Casnave. He is a superhero to so many, and he fights the good fight.

Rachael P. Catalanotto

Rachael P. Catalanotto earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Louisiana State University in 2003. She earned her Juris Doctor from Loyola College of Law, New Orleans in 2007. Rachael is a lifelong resident of St. Tammany Parish. She is the past President of the 22nd JDC Bar Association. In 2014, she was a board member of the Young Lawyer’s Section of the 22nd JDC Bar Association and the Community Outreach Chair in 2017. She served as Vice President of the 22nd JDC Bar Association in 2019. She has been recognized by SuperLawyer’s Magazine from 2014 through 2023 and was recognized by Edge of the Lake Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40 List, as well as named one of New Orleans Magazine’s Top Lawyers of 2021. In 2020, Rachael was appointed by St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper to the New Directions 2040 Steering Committee. In 2020, she was appointed by Mayor Clay Madden and currently serves as the Magistrate over Mandeville’s Mayor’s Court. Rachael is a Partner at Rene Frederick and Associates, and her main areas of practice is Personal Injury and Family Law. In 2020, Rachael became Board Certified in Family Law by the Louisiana Board of Specialization. Rachael is actively involved in her local community, volunteers her time for several local nonprofits and has served in multiple roles on political campaigns. Rachael is from Slidell, has her office in downtown Covington, she serves the citizens of Mandeville and resides in Madisonville with her husband and two children. She is looking forward to raising awareness and much need funding for Safe Harbor and is honored to be selected as a Safe Harbor Superhero of 2023.

Jordan Hubbard

Jordan Hubbard is a loving father of three beautiful children, two girls and one boy. He has lived in the Northshore area of St. Tammany Parish since 2015. He is the current Director of Information Technology at Slidell Memorial Hospital, and a Leadership Northshore 2023 alumni. Jordan is the President of a new non-profit board of directors, K.i.D.S. (Kids in Development Slidell), the commitment of which is to zero deaths due to lack of resources and understanding as it relates to car seat safety. He is an active board member with Keep Slidell Beautiful, a proud Rotarian with the Rotary Club of Slidell, a proud member of the Krewe of Dionysus, an active board member with Leadership Northshore Alumni, and a new board member for the Leadership Northshore board.

Jill McGuire

Jill McGuire grew up in Mandeville and is proud her sons also get to grow up in her hometown. Jill lives in Old Mandeville and has two boys. Jack,19, is a Freshman at Tulane. Charlie,14, is in Eighth Grade and is in the band. She also has a WEENIE dog, Floyd who just celebrated his first Birthday. Jill serves the City of Mandeville as the District 3 Councilwoman which includes Old Mandeville.Jill is a recovering past PTA President and Leadership Class of 2016 Graduate. She also served on the Historic District Preservation Commission with the City of Mandeville. Jill is currently renovating Northstar Theatre. She is excited to bring the historic building back to life. She hopes a Cultural Arts Center will infuse the heart of our community through art, music, and theatre. Jill is honored to be a Safe Harbor Superhero!

Jake Morris

Sergeant Jake Morris was chosen to represent the Slidell Police Department for the Real Superheroes of Safe Harbor. Sgt. Morris is a thirteen-year veteran of the police department, where he currently serves as a Patrol Sergeant, an operator on the Special Weapons and Tactics (S.W.A.T.) Team, and an academy instructor. Sgt. Morris is a former canine handler, where he and his late partner, Canine Kano, gained popularity while representing the Slidell Police Department on the hit A&E series, "Live PD." Sgt. Jake Morris is a Slidell native, fiancé, and father to a seven-month-old baby boy and a six-year-old boy, and step-father to a thirteen-year-old and eleven-year-old boy. With four boys, he manages chaos well! Sgt. Morris takes pride in serving the Slidell Community and engages with the public every chance he gets.

Joni Soboloff

Joan (Joni) Soboloff grew up on the South Shore but came to the North Shore to raise her family. She has worn and currently wears many hats, most importantly, mom and grandma! She has been a Realtor for decades (am I really that old?) and was on the boards of Keller Williams and NABOR. She has been on the boards for Covington High, St Paul's and Christ Episcopal Schools where she was chair of Art at The Park. She is on the board of her synagogue, NJC, as well as The Wooden Boat Festival. She has been a lifelong patron of the arts which led her to be on stage, on the board and direct for Playmakers. She is excited about putting on "The Savannah Sipping Society" as a benefit for Safe Harbor! The run sold out last time so hurry to get your tickets!!

Hank Allen

Hank Allen is the Chief Meteorologist at WGNO TV in New Orleans. He's originally from Marietta, Georgia and attended college at Mississippi State University where he received a degree in Geosciences with a minor in Communications. After graduation he took his first job in Sioux City, Iowa as the morning meteorologist for the ABC affiliate. He moved to southeast Louisiana in 2007 to work at WGNO, becoming Chief in 2013. Hank is a resident of Mandeville with his wife Casey and their three kids, daughter Virginia who is 6 and identical twins William and James who are 4. It's hard to find a lot of free time with three young kids around, but if he can Hank likes to go fishing, watch the Braves, and tend to his garden. He enjoys traveling and cheering on his beloved MSU Bulldogs. He loves the family aspect of St. Tammany parish and is honored to support such a worthy cause as SafeHarbor in any way he can.

Lizette Alvarado

Expert injector Lizette Alvarado graduated from Loyola University New Orleans with her Family Nurse Practitioner degree (FNP-C). Lizette, owns the Northshores first Latina owned med spa! Lizette is a survivor of domestic violence. After many years of physical, emotional, and verbal abuse, she filed for divorce. As a single mom, turned to her community to support and help others as her therapy. This is a story she rarely shares. Lizette has a passion to reach women and families of domestic abuse, and to show them that they too can conquer their goals and passions even after abuse. She has been an avid member of the community for years and worked at Lakeview Regional Medical Center for over 10 years. Serving her community! Lizette is a part of the ACCESS kids’ network that helps put on the Boofest every year, and all proceeds go to children and families with disabilities. She also served as the EMCEE and spokesperson for ENDALZ walk for 3 years. She is an ambassador for the Women’s You Night group. Lizette has worked in urgent care, home health, and hospice. She has trained with AMET, Cindy Cobb, DNP, and one of the US’s top plastic surgeon Dr. Khoobehi for injectables. Lizette’s passion is to be a mother and provide quality care to her clients in enhancing their beauty. Lizette Alvarado offers a full-size Med spa that caters to Primary care, concierge medicine, medical weight loss, sex health, BHRT, peptide therapy, and men’s health. Lizette is ecstatic to operate her business in her community!

Tickets

General Admission Tickets are $100 in Advance or $125 at the Door!

Sponsorships

Would you like to have a reserved table with seating at the gala? Check out these options:

The Defenders: $600

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

The Incredibles: $1000

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

X-Men: $1,500

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

Fantastic Four: $2,500

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

Justice League: $5,000

- Two Reserved Tables with tickets 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 with tickets for 30 Guests
- 10 General Admission Tickets
- Unique Table Signage
- 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 with tickets for 30 Guests
- 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.

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