Family Service announces
‘Most Outstanding’ for 2013
First row, from left: Bob Becker, Sonia Perez, Anthony Recasner, Ti Martin, Guy Williams.
Second row, from left: Dottie Reese, Tommie Vassel, Dr. Karen DeSalvo, Scott Cowen, Carroll W. Suggs.
After much deliberation, the board of directors has chosen 10 individuals who best exemplified extraordinary generosity and commitment to volunteerism, civic participation and philanthropy throughout our community during the past year.
“The selection of candidates is not an easy task, given the significant number of terrific local leaders who have risen to the top in the years since Katrina,” said Elizabeth Haecker Ryan, FSGNO board chair.
“As a board, we take these nominations very seriously, and are honored to have this year’s nominees accept our invitation,” Ryan added.
Honorees, to be celebrated at the Oct. 23rd Most Outstanding Persons Gala include:
• Bob Becker, CEO, City Park
• Scott Cowen, President, Tulane University
• Dr. Karen DeSalvo, City of New Orleans Health Commissioner
• Ti Martin, Co-owner Commander’s Palace
• Sonia Perez, President, AT&T Louisiana
• Anthony Recasner, CEO, Agenda for Children
• Dottie Reese, Principal, DMM & Associates, LLC
• Carroll W. Suggs, former Chairman and CEO, Petroleum Helicopters
• Tommie Vassel, President Global Profit Strategies, LLC
• Guy Williams, CEO, Gulf Coast Bank
The group will be honored with a specially crafted “Open Door Award” designed by New Orleans artist Thomas Mann in acknowledgement of the opportunities they create for others through their work.
Special public screening of ‘Shell Shocked’ features director, discussion
The controversial documentary, “Shell Shocked,” will be shown on Thursday, Aug. 29, 4:00 p.m. – 5 p.m., in the first-floor meeting room of the United Way Building at 2515 Canal Street. Director John Richie will introduce the film and answer questions. The documentary explores the negative effects of violence on young people and poses possible solutions.
“As of 2010, Louisiana had the worst gun-murder rate in the nation -- 9.5 murders per 100,000 people, more than two-and-a-half times higher than the national average of 3.6 murders per 100,000 people,” according to a Aug. 6, 2013 story in The Huffington Post.
“The epidemic, as ‘Shell Shocked’ director, John Richie, calls it, has plagued New Orleans youth in particular for years. And in 2008, Richie and producer Jonathan Jahnke began documenting it,” Huffington Post reported.
"I was shocked at how easy it was for them to talk about, and it was chilling how normal a part of everyday life they considered it to be," Richie told New Orleans' Times-Picayune of the teens he interviewed for the film.
The screening is free. Ample parking is available in the lot behind the building, off Iberville Street, between North Rocheblave and Dorgenois Streets.
TJX Foundation grants $5,000 to FSGNO’s Children’s Mental Health Center
The TJX Foundation focuses its charitable giving on programs that provide basic-need services to disadvantaged children, women and families.
The foundation’s grants strengthen the family unit, along with the parent/child relationship; offer food and clothing assistance; and provide counseling, youth development or adoption services. These funds will support free counseling for local children 6-18 years of age who manifest behavioral, social or psychological symptoms of stress.
In 2012, The TJX Foundation made grants to more than 1,500 nonprofit organizations.
TJX Companies include T.J. Maxx, Marshalls and Home Goods.