On April 26, 150 guests gathered in the Grand Ballroom of the InterContinental Hotel for a luncheon organized by the Greater New Orleans Section of the National Council of Jewish Women. The guest of honor was Nancy Marsiglia, 2010 recipient of the Hannah G. Solomon Award.

The celebration began with an invocation by Rabbi Edward Paul Cohn of Temple Sinai. Guests dined on decadent hors d’oeuvres, fattoush and braised short ribs with marchand du vin. Table centerpieces did double-duty –
a multitude of mousses were delicious for both the eyes and taste buds.

Marsiglia accepted her award – a marble bust of NCJW founder Hannah G. Solomon – and spoke to the crowd including Cheryl Landrieu, Councilman at Large Arnie Fielkow and Congressman Anh “Joseph” Cao. The Selection Committee, led by President Ana Gershanik, found Marsiglia fit the mold of ideal recipients: those who “brought about important community programs and services through their leadership in a volunteer capacity and each has been a catalyst for social change.”

Marsiglia, a Newcomb College alumna, has been or is actively involved with the boards of the Audubon Nature Institute, Tulane University Medical Center, Tulane Hospital for Children, Greater New Orleans Foundation, Women of the Storm, Agenda for Children, United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council, LSU Health Sciences Center and Dress for Success New Orleans. She was also a founder of the Louisiana Children’s Museum among her many other charitable acts. Three cheers for Nancy Marsiglia and the NCJW for their generosity to the New Orleans community in the past, present and future!