The Mentor Magic Gala benefiting Each One Save One recently celebrated 20 years of changing lives, one child at a time.

Inspired by the impact of a mentor who changed the course of her mother’s life, co-founder Sally-Ann Roberts (morning co-anchor on WWL-TV), along with co-founder Cathy Harris, founded Each One Save One in 1994 to pair caring mentors with at-risk youth in the Great New Orleans area. Twenty years later, more than 1,500 students have received mentorship through the program.

The gala featured a star-studded lineup with esteemed guests Robin Roberts of “Good Morning America” and Angela Hill of WWL-Radio. Eric Paulsen of WWL-TV and Christian Leblanc of “The Young and the Restless” served as emcees for the event. Other notable local figures in attendance were Allen Toussaint, Irma Thomas and Blaine Kern Sr.

The night included music and entertainment by Leo Nocentelli and George Porter Jr., Michael “Soul Man” Baptiste and the Real Soul Band, T-Ray the Violinist and Kevin Stylez.

Honorees included the following longtime supporters and mentors: “Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts; Tracy Krohn of W&T Offshore; Bivian “Sonny” Lee III of Son of a Saint; Deborah Chapman of Mountain Climbers Unlimited; WDSU meteorologist Damon Singleton; Lloyd Dennis of the Silverbacks Society; Jacqueline Alexander of Girl Scouts Louisiana East; Linda Lewis of Armstrong Family Services; Robert Musso; Judy Reese of NOLA for Life; Pastor Pat Watson of Helping Mothers Heal; Arnold Feilkow of the National Basketball Retired Players Association; Kendal Francis of Blessed 26; Kenneth Polite of Crescent City Keepers; Michael Grumich of Entergy; Damon Baptiste; Vickie O’Brien of the Jefferson Parish Employees Federal Credit Union; Leslie Lange of Each One Save One; Pattie Schoener of the Baptist Theological Seminary; and Bishop Tommie L. Triplett Jr. of Bishop’s Kids. 


EVENT AT A GLANCE

What: “Mentor Magic Gala,” benefiting Each One Save One
When: Friday, January 16
Where: Hyatt Regency New Orleans