The New Orleans Council for Community and Justice celebrated the 57th annual “Weiss Awards” with an exciting event that honored five significant community members whose civic and humanitarian contributions to the furtherance of human dignity are an outstanding example to be followed. This year, NOCCJ recognized Gayle M. Benson, Dickie Brennan, Rabbi Edward Paul Cohn, Dr. Karen DeSalvo, Irvin Mayfield Jr. and Ashton J. Ryan Jr. The Hyatt Regency New Orleans, decorated in elegant silver and gold décor, easily accommodated the 325 supporters of NOCCJ’s programming. The All Around Brass Band and DJ Matsy played festive tunes throughout the evening.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu greeted all of the guests and honorees at the Patron Party cocktail hour, which offered attendees the opportunity to meet and greet people from all facets of the diverse New Orleans crowd.

The auction included more than 20 outstanding prizes, including autographed sports equipment by Drew Brees and Anthony Davis; paintings by distinguished artists; gift certificates to local stores and restaurants; vouchers for staycations in acclaimed local hotels; gift baskets; jewelry; tickets to museums and shows, and more.

The “Weiss Awards” serves as the principal fundraiser for human relations programs that benefit young people and adults of our community.


What: Fifty-seventh annual “Weiss Awards” benefiting NOCCJ
When: Wednesday, November 5
Where: Hyatt Regency Hotel