Consisting of 25 business, community and civic leaders, the Young Leadership Council will honor their 2015 Role Model class at the 29th annual “Role Model Awards Gala” on Saturday, September 12 at the Hyatt Regency.

Since 1986, each year the YLC has selected 25 New Orleanians who have distinguished themselves by actively contributing to the betterment of the region, while serving as an example to the community at large.

The black-tie event will begin with a Patron Party at 6 p.m. at 8 Block Restaurant. The gala will begin immediately afterward at 7 p.m. in the Empire Ballroom. The formal presentation of the 2015 Role Models will be followed by dinner, and Board Member and Chair Joy Okoro encourages guests to remain in the ballroom for the After Party, which will feature dancing and entertainment.

Board  President Semmes Walmsley and Executive Director Curry Smith urge you to buy your tickets in advance for both the gala ($200) and the After Party ($50); and tickets can be purchased online at

Special thanks to YLC Development Director Caitlin Rudin for her invaluable assistance.