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Top businessmen and women received due praise at the Junior Achievement of Greater New Orleans’ Business Hall of Fame Awards.

Honorees and guests headed to The Roosevelt New Orleans at 6 p.m. for the reception. The awards presentation began at 7:15 p.m. Ticket pairs were $500 each, and tables of 10 were available for $2,500 or $5,000. John Koerner III was the event chairman.

The organization inducted five honorees into the Hall of Fame: Nicholas Bazan, director of Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Neuroscience Center of Excellence; Michael Bruno, senior partner at Bruno & Tervalon, LLP; Ti Adelaide Martin, co-proprietor of Commander’s Palace; Dr. Gordon “Nick” Mueller, president and CEO of The National World War II Museum; and Robert Whann IV, president of Leidenheimer Baking Company.

The Lifetime Achievement Award for this year went to G. Frank Purvis Jr., chairman and CEO of Pan-American Life Insurance.

To be considered for the Business Hall of Fame, honorees must have a record of extraordinary entrepreneurial achievements, must be recognized by his or her organization or profession as having made significant contributions to the organization’s success, must adhere to high moral and ethical standards and must serve as a role model to others.

The Hall of Fame was established in 1984.