The “Weiss Awards” recognized members of the Greater New Orleans community whose civic and humanitarian contributions to the furtherance of human dignity were outstanding and an example to be followed. This year, the “Weiss Awards” were presented to outstanding community leaders who have been influential in promoting the advancement of social understanding and care.
The honorees at the 61st annual “Weiss Awards” were: the Honorable LaToya Cantrell, Mayor of City of New Orleans; Pastor Fred Luter Jr., Senior Pastor of Franklin Avenue Baptist Church; Leopold Sher, Partner of Sher Garner Cahill Richter Klein & Hilbert, L.L.C.; the Honorable Jay Christopher Zainey, U.S. District Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana; The Rhodes Family; and Pro Bono Publico.
The atmosphere at the awards at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans was festive and celebratory with various floral arrangements and special lighting décor. NOCCJ hosted a three-course dinner, capped with bananas Foster cheesecake. Darryl Young/Dancing Man 504 and the Slow Rollers Jazz Band provided musical entertainment.
An auction hosted myriad prizes including autographed sports memorabilia, one-of-a-kind artwork and home décor, staycations at New Orleans’ finest hotels, exclusive tour access tickets, gym memberships and restaurant packages.
Co-Chairs were Dorothy “Dottie” Reese, Bob Tucker and Anne Teague Landis. Approximately 300 patrons were in attendance.
Event at a Glance
What: 61st annual “Weiss Awards,” benefiting New Orleans Council for Community and Justice
When: Thursday, October 25, 2018
Where: Hyatt Regency New Orleans
President & CEO Stephanie Bridges, Co-Chair Bob Tucker, Co-Chair and Board Member Dottie Reese and Co-Chair Anne Teague Landis
Honoree Pastor Fred Luter Jr. and Elizabeth Luter with Judge Kern Reese
Honoree the Hon. Jay and Joy Zainey with Duplain Rhodes III
Karen Sher and Honoree Stephanie R. Navarre
Tim Francis, Jasminne Navarre and Jim Landis