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: http://fsgno.org/2013-gala-tickets or by calling 504/827-4003.
Read more about past honorees.