This year’s “Role Model Awards Gala” honored 24 local New Orleanians who have dedicated their lives to the New Orleans community. The event raised funds to grow the Young Leadership Council’s community service and leadership development projects.

The Patron Party was held in the 8 Block Restaurant in the Hyatt Regency and was open to a limited number of distinguished guests and honorees. Guests had the opportunity to meet and greet this year’s Role Model class before proceeding to the Empire Ballroom for the dinner and awards ceremony.

The 2015 Role Model class included: E. Tiffany Adler, Hardy B. Fowler, Timothy B. Francis, Will “Bill” Hornsby, David A. Kerstein, Erika McConduit-Diggs, Brenda Braun Moffitt, Kristin Gisleson Palmer, Sonia Perez, J. Stephen Perry, Laura Fox Politz, Katherine Kleinpeter Raymond, Charles L. Rice Jr., Lisa N. Sibal, Michael J. Siegel, Claire Ferrier Stahel, Hasting Stewart Jr., José S. Suquet, Vera Triplett, Mark Uddo, Steven W. Usdin, Kay W. Wilkins, Ellen S. Yellin and Jay C. Zainey.

Joy Okoro served as Gala Chair, and Mark Romig performed as Master of Ceremonies. Pastor Shawn Moses Angli of First Grace United Methodist Church delivered the invocation; T. Semmes Walmsley, President, and Matthew Treuting, Past President, also delivered remarks.

Sazerac provided complimentary beverages to guests before the dinner and awards ceremony began. Flow Tribe provided live music entertainment. There was also a live auction with 20 prized items, in addition to gift card raffles.
 


EVENT AT A GLANCE

What: 29th annual “Role Model Awards Gala,” benefiting Young Leadership Council
When: Saturday, September 12
Where: Hyatt Regency New Orleans