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A Star-Studded Lineup


JA President Larry Washington and Co-Chair Diedra Dias


A Hollywood Walk of Fame, each inscribed with the name of a 2017 Rising Star, welcomed more than 350 guests to the “City Stars Soirée” gala to honor 10 young individuals who have demonstrated strong entrepreneurial skills with high moral and ethical values.

The honorees included Jennifer Bond of Partner Bond Moroch; Edgar Chase IV, President of Dook’s Place Restaurant and Chase Catering and Concessions LLC; Greg Dietz, Ted Neikirk and James Orintas, Co-Founders of Theo’s Pizza; Chase Mullin, President of Mullin Landscape; Donny Rouse, Chief Executive Officer of Rouses Market; and Scott Wolfe Jr., Chief Executive Officer, zlien.

Nineteen restaurants participated in catering the gala. Celebrate! Catering by Windsor Court catered the Patron Party and Cure provided a signature cocktail. Spirits were provided by Crescent Crown Distributing Company and Republic National Distributing Company.

Jimmy Maxwell and his Orchestra provided “Rat Pack” music and photo opportunities were available with Frank Sinatra and Marilyn Monroe impersonators.  

Auction tables with more than 100 items carried the Hollywood theme with packages such as “For the Leading Lady, “For the Leading Man,” “Hollywood Home,” “Red Carpet Experiences” and “VIP Staycation and Travel.”

Chairperson Diedra Dias and Co-Chair Wesley Palmisano coordinated the event.


Event at a Glance

What: “JA Rising Stars/City Stars Soirée,” benefiting Junior Achievement of Greater New Orleans
When: Friday, October 6
Where: JA BizTown


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