As a special gift to the 2013 honorees of the Ten Outstanding Persons Gala, New Orleans metal-smith Thomas Mann created an antique-style bronze heart-shaped key with “F.S. Nola” sculpted into the heart, cast from his hand-carved original.
The annual Gala awards have come to be known as the “Open Door” Awards. By unlocking a door to their hearts, these generous individuals have opened opportunities to others.
“Hearts, hands, houses and keys have long played a role in my designs due to their status as humanistic icons charged with meaning and emotion,” Mann explained.
A second design – a nickel and brass lapel pin in the shape of an open door with a tiny decorative key – is also available to patrons who support Family Service of Greater New Orleans. All pins are signed by the artist and are only available through Family Service.
“I hope the work I have done for Family Service of Greater New Orleans will help support their efforts and serve their mission,” Mann said.
Tickets to the Gala are now available for purchase online: