On the balmy evening of June 25, the business-minded sector of our community showed that they also know how to party and celebrate (responsibly) as they flocked to the Roosevelt Hotel to watch some of their worthy peers get inducted into the Junior Achievement’s Business Hall of Fame presented by Chase.

These individuals are selected by a committee each year based on their collective spirit of entrepreneurship. The selection committee consisted of Ryan Berg, Patricia Denechaud, Maura Donahue, Mel Lagarde, Roger Ogden, Charles Teamer and Marian Wallis.

The evening was an elegant affair, with a reception preceding an awards ceremony. Honored for their contributions and hard work were Dickie Brennan, founder and president of Dickie Brennan & Company; Leon R. Fulton, chairman and CEO of Fulton, Johnson Insurance Agency; George Rodrigue, president of Rodrigue Studio; Arthur Roger, owner of the eponymous Gallery; and Roland T. Von Turnatowski, of both the Tipitina’s Foundation and Fontainbleau Management Services.

Additionally, Robert H. Boh of Boh Bros. Construction was given the 2009 Business Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award.

The evening was sponsored by Bollinger Shipyards, HCA Delta Division, and the Roosevelt Hotel.

The core purpose of Junior Achievement is to inspire and prepare young people to successfully participate in our economy through workforce development, entrepreneurship and financial literacy.