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St. Charles Avenue Magazine Honors Six “Activists of the Year”

Honoree Dottie Reese and her family

Steven Hronek

On Wednesday, December 5, St. Charles Avenue magazine honored six local activists whose unceasing efforts to enrich and rebuild the city of New Orleans earned them the title Activists of the Year 2012.

The honorees were Dana Hansel, for her involvement with a number of local organizations, including the Art Council of New Orleans, Dress for Success and Citizens for 1 Greater New Orleans; Herschel Abbott Jr., for his work with the St. Thomas Community Medical Center, National World War II Museum and as a board member of Dillard University; Dottie Reese, whose passion for social justice is evident through her untiring support of organizations like The Urban League of Greater New Orleans and The International Women’s Forum; Dr. Scott Cowen, president of Tulane University, for his contributions to public service and the city’s rebuilding efforts post-Hurricane Katrina; Greg Rusovich, whose works include a campaign to implement a more effective criminal justice system and to increase economic development; and Betsy Nalty, whose mission is to foster a spirit of community activism in others as well as to promote educational reform, which she enacts particularly through her role as a board member of The Louise S. McGehee School.

The awards ceremony was graciously hosted by Iberia Bank. The evening was not only a time for celebration but also a time for relaxation. The Last Straws provided live jazz music, and delectable dining options, including shrimp remoulade skewers and tuna wonton cups, were provided by Laura Arrowood Catering.

Event at a Glance


2012 St. Charles Avenue’s “Activists of the Year Awards Ceremony”


Wednesday, December 5


Iberia Bank, St. Charles Ave.

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