Philanthropic Fun: For the People

The “Weiss Awards,” established in 1954, recognizes members of the Greater New Orleans community whose civic and humanitarian contributions to the furtherance of human dignity was an example to be followed. This year’s gala honored outstanding citizens and provides funds for New Orleans Council for Community and Justice’s program development and implementation.

The honorees were: Morris Bart, attorney and Founder of Morris Bart LLC; Kim M. Boyle, Partner of Phelps Dunbar LLP; Linda Perez Clark, Managing Partner of Kean Miller LLP; Honorable Jacquelyn Brechtel Clarkson, businesswoman and public servant; Paul Flower, P.E., CEO of Woodward and public servant; Jerome “Big Duck” Smith, Freedom Fighter; and Joel Vilmenay, President & General Manager, WDSU-TV. Actress Patricia Clarkson gave remarks on behalf of her mother, Hon. Jacquelyn Brechtel Clarkson.

Major sponsors at the Justice Circle Level included Kern Studios & Mardi Gras World, Morris Bart and Woodward Design+Build.

The Hyatt Regency catered the event. Guests had the opportunity to bid on staycation packages to the Hyatt Regency, Windsor Court Hotel, The Roosevelt New Orleans and Loews New Orleans, a New Orleans Pelicans experience, Rubensteins’ custom shirts certificate, dining gift cards, WWII Museum passes and more local experiences.

Event Co-Chairs were the Honorable Jason Rogers Williams, City Councilmember-at-Large, and Barry F. Kern, CEO of Kern Studios LLC and Mardi Gras World LLC. Mistress of Ceremony was Margaret Orr, Chief Meteorologist at WDSU News. 

Event at a Glance

What: 62nd annual “Weiss Awards,” benefiting New Orleans Council for Community and Justice

When: Thursday, November 7

Where: Hyatt Regency New Orleans

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Honoree Hon. Jacquelyn Brechtel Clarkson and Patricia Clarkson

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Honoree Morris Bart, Co-Chair Barry Kern and Honorees Joel Vilmenay and Jerome “Big Duck” Smith  

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Honorees Paul Flower and Kim Boyle

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Andrew and Joy Braun with Dinora and Manny Linares 

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Jordan Michael, Vionne Douglas and Judge Tiffany Chase


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