Southeastern Louisiana’s chapter of United Way honored some of the community’s most outstanding activists and philanthropists on November 20, 2013, at the “Alexis de Tocqueville Gala” held at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans.

Chaired by former Alexis de Tocqueville Award winner Flo Schornstein, the evening featured the presentation of the Alexis de Tocqueville Award to Gary and Mary Ann Ostroske for their exemplary community leadership and philanthropic support. Gary served as President and CEO of United Way SELA for 25 years and was involved with United Way Worldwide for a total of 40 years.

The gala raised over $130,000 for the “Pay It Forward” Fund, created in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Ostroske and placed aside for future disasters in the community.

With over 300 guests in attendance, Angela Hill oversaw the proceedings as master of ceremonies, with performances from the Benjamin Franklin High School Chamber Orchestra directed by Carl LaCoste and Rockin’ Dopsie and edibles and cocktails from the Hyatt Regency and Republic National Distribution Company, respectively.


What:  “Alexis de Tocqueville Gala,” benefiting the Southeastern Louisiana chapter of United Way
When: November 20, 2013
Where: Hyatt Regency New Orleans