Activists Terrance and Stephanie Osborne and Roland and Mary von Kurnatowski with Executive Editor Bev Church and Activists Thomas and Linda Westfeldt


Each year, St. Charles Avenue recognizes the outstanding achievements of New Orleanians who dedicate their passion, time and resources into making our city better. The by-invitation-only “Activists of the Year” gala brings these activists and approximately 150 patrons together for an evening of celebration and recognition.

The 2017 Activists of the Year included Stephanie and Terrance Osborne, Roland and Mary von Kurnatowski and Linda and Thomas Westfeldt.

Stephanie Osborne was recognized for her contributions to wellness, women’s empowerment and mindfulness through her leadership and founding of a variety of programs combining these passions, in addition to her activism with several nonprofits.

Internationally celebrated artist Terrance Osborne, a full-time artist and gallery owner on Magazine Street, was honored for his inspired and colorful contributions to the city of New Orleans, which he depicts in his acclaimed artwork.

Patrons of the arts, Roland and Mary von Kurnatowski are to thank for the revival and stunning restoration of The Orpheum Theatre, the home of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. They also launched the Tipitina’s Foundation, which has now distributed $3.35 million worth of instruments to 101 schools across Louisiana.

Linda Westfeldt’s passion for special education and serving individuals with special needs led her to form the Chartwell Center, which offers educational services, therapy and training to support students, parents, teachers and other professionals.

Thomas Westfeldt and his family have been actively involved with their adopted city of New Orleans for generations, operating maritime trade company Westfeldt Brothers, Inc. He, too, is actively involved with the Chartwell Center, as well as The Society for The Relief of Destitute Orphan Boys, now known as The Waldo Burton Memorial Home.

Harpist Helen Maxwell provided musical entertainment as guests mingled throughout IberiaBank, which hosted and offered beverages and catering.


Event at a Glance

What: “Activists of the Year,” hosted by St. Charles Avenue and the Renaissance Foundation
When: Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Where: IberiaBank