Family Service of Greater New Orleans October Newsletter

Gala Celebrates its 40th Year

Gala Celebrates its 40th Year

Reminiscences from the 1995 and 1996 Ten Most Outstanding Persons Galas

The Annual Ten Most Outstanding Persons Gala includes among its ranks some of the most prominent and philanthropic leaders in New Orleans’ recent history. The formal event began as a fundraiser for the Institute of Human Understanding and was adopted by Family Service in 1992 when the institute closed its doors.

Allen Favrot was honored in 1991 and became Gala committee chair two years later. He has served ever since on the board of directors of Family Service.

In 1995, the Gala was held at the New Orleans Museum of Art with Bob Brown serving as master of ceremonies. Honorees that year included Mrs. Carlo Christina, Mrs. William C. Coe, Jr., the Family of Elliot Cornelius and Mary Jane Jordan Willard, The Family of Alfred Bird and Ella West Freeman, Mrs. Arthur F. Felt, Jr., the Family of Clifford Freret & Agnes Guthrie Favrot, the Family of C.C. and Eudora Arnaud Haydel, the Family of Ernest Caliste and Yvette Chequelin Villere and the Family of Samuel and Sarah Weinberger Zemurray.

The following year, newscasters Susan Roesgen and Norm Robinson officiated. Robert Quintana was the Chief Executive Officer at the time.

This year’s Gala, to be held Wednesday, Oct. 23 at the Pavilion of Two Sisters, continues its legacy, honoring impressive local citizens and raising vitally needed funds to support counseling services.

Tickets can be purchased online at: or by calling 504/827-4003.

Read more about past honorees.

FSGNO receives United Way, Verizon grants

Family Service receives grants from Verizon, United Way

Patty Riddlebarger, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility at Entergy and Council Chair with Dr. Toya Barnes-Teamer, VP for Student Success at Dillard University who heads the Council's donations committee, present a check to CEO Ron McClain.

Family Service CEO Ron McClain was presented a check for $22,708 by United Way’s Women Leadership Council, which will help support the agency’s children’s behavioral health counseling services.

In addition, Verizon Foundation awarded Family Service $10,000 to support mental health counseling for domestic violence victims.

Anger Management Groups begun

Tina Dawson

Tina Dawson coordinates three counseling programs.

As more individuals are being referred to Family Service to address issues relating to anger management, the agency has been responsive by starting a 12-week Anger Management Group.

Facilitated by a new staff member, Tina Dawson, the group provides a supportive environment where members can discuss triggers and work to resolve problems through an anger control plan.

NOLA Dads adds staff and sessions

Patrick Carter

Patrick Carter leads a brainstorming session identifying traits of manhood.

NOLA Dads has added new staff members including Alixzandria Tarnowsky, program manager, and Patrick Carter and Malcolm Armstrong, group leaders. Carter was interviewed last week on WWL-TV about the innovative program that helps young men become better fathers.


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