When Rafael Delgadillo was shot last September in an attempted carjacking, the injuries suffered by the local peace activist spawned an anti-crime march in Mid-City near the site of the shooting. Now a new group called Responding Against Fear and Violence (RAFA-V) is holding a "RAFApalooza" fundraiser Nov. 17 at Bayou Beer Garden (326 N. Jefferson Davis Pkwy.). Fifty percent of the proceeds will go toward Delgadillo's ongoing medical expenses and the other half to "an organization doing anti-violence work in New Orleans" (Delgadillo is set to announce which one that evening). The evening will feature food, a silent auction and art activities.
NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas and Criminal Justice Commissioner James Carter will attend the fundraiser. Other supporters include New Orleans City Councilwomen Kristin Gisleson Palmer, Susan Guidry and Cynthia Hedge-Morrell along with dozens of partner groups, including evacuteer.org and Puentes New Orleans, two groups Delgadillo ardently supported. Tickets to the event are $20 and can be purchased at rafapalooza.eventbrite.com. — Allman