Family Service of Greater New Orleans November Newsletter

The Most Outstanding Persons Gala sparkled

Gala Celebrates its 40th Year

Board chair Elizabeth Haecker Ryan provided the welcome to the annual event.

Perfectly crisp autumn weather on Wednesday evening, Oct. 23 graced the 40th Annual Ten Most Outstanding Persons Gala at the Pavilion of the Two Sisters in City Park. Tiny white lights glittered throughout the Botanical Garden as patrons gathered on the terrace, congratulating this year’s honorees and toasting them with champagne.

John Royen Trio provided a jazzy musical backdrop while guests mingled and perused the selection of auction packages, including an antique prie-dieu donated by Board Chair Elizabeth Haecker Ryan; a “Hive” necklace by Mignon Faget; a two-night stay at The Blake Hotel, contributed by First Vice Board Chair Blake Jones, and a private sailing excursion captained by Gala Co-chair Michael Liebaert.

The event raised more than $100,000 to support counseling services to individuals and families throughout New Orleans.

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Valero Oil donated $25,000 for St. Bernard

Valero Oil donated $25,000 to St. Bernard office

Mark Taliancich and David Haynik (center) receive a giant check at an awards luncheon.

On Oct. 29, Mark Taliancich, clinical director of the St. Bernard office, and Dave Haynik, vice president of programs, attended an awards luncheon sponsored by Valero. The oil refinery with investments in Southeast Louisiana hosts an annual fundraiser “Valero Texas Open” that generates funds to benefit nonprofit community organizations.

A check for $25,000 was awarded to Family Service supporting its continued presence in St. Bernard where resources are often scarce. Family Service says “thank you” to Valero for its commitment to communities in need and for strengthening families.

United Way held jambalaya cook-off

PICTURED L-R FRONT ROW: Randy Bergeron, Rain CII; Amanda Hardesty, St. Bernard Parish Office of Tourism; Alex Boudreaux, Arc volunteer; Elizabeth Ellison-Frost, Chalmette Refining; Jenny Peterson, St. Bernard News; Gary Huettmann, United Way SELA. L-R SECOND ROW: Molly Buckley, Entergy; Denise O'Connor, Valero Meraux Refinery; Polly Campbell, Arc volunteer; Gail Gowland, St. Bernard Battered Women's Program; Scott Wallace, Chalmette Refining; Tyrone Ben, The Guidance Center; James Delery, Southern Food & Beverage Museum. L-R THIRD ROW: Mark Taliancich, Family Services GNO; Arifah Lightburn, Nunez Community College; John Gray, St. Bernard Community Health Center and St. Bernard Parish Hospital; Chris Haines, Meraux Foundation; Jerry Calcagno, Todd's Technology; Bill Haines, Meraux Foundation.

Mark Talianich served on the planning committee for United Way’s “Calling It Home” Festival held the weekend of Nov. 2-3 at Docville Farm in Violet, La. The family event raised funds for United Way agencies in St. Bernard Parish, including Arc-St. Bernard, Community Center of St. Bernard, St. Bernard Battered Women’s Program and Family Service of Greater New Orleans. Teams competed for the title of “Best Jambalaya in St. Bernard Parish.”

Lowe’s donated $15,364 for tech upgrade


“The Lowe’s grant enables Family Service to purchase and install one updated Hewlett Packard Proliant ML350 server with many times the memory and storage capacity of the three different servers that have been in place for more than 10 years,” said CFO Jim Hubbard.

In addition, it will fund a system that backs up to the Cloud to make all documents and forms available from any location. Since many counselors move from one location to another, this accessibility is invaluable, Hubbard added.

“By supporting organizations like Family Service of Greater New Orleans, we believe we are contributing to a cause that’s important to our customers and employees and helping build a stronger foundation for our communities,” said Marshall Croom, chairman of Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation.


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