It was standing room only in Harrah’s Casino for the Delgado Community College Foundation’s 15th annual “Roast of the Town” featuring this year’s Roastee, Warner Thomas, CEO of Ochsner Health System. The funds raised at the event are a part of the scholarship funds that the foundation provides for Delgado students as well as for faculty to invest into training and equipment for college-wide programs.

The Roasters for Mr. Thomas included Dr. Joseph Delovision, senior physician and Medical Director at Ochsner Health System; David Gaines, CEO of System Retail Services and Senior Vice President of Public Affairs; Tracey Moffat, Chief Nursing Officer at Ochsner Health System; Bill Oliver, Founder and President of William Oliver Enterprises LLC; the Honorable Steve Scalise, Congressman of 1st Congressional District; and Andrew Wisdom, Chairman of Ochsner Health System, Board of Directors and Founder of Crescent Capital Consulting. All of the Roasters commented on the enormous presence of Delgado in everyone’s lives.

A reception began the evening program with offerings by Galatoire’s, Mellow Mushroom and the Delgado Community College Culinary Department. A four-course dinner followed prepared by The Forum, Acme Oyster House, Harrah’s and Mr. Mudbug/MMI 12 Seasons. Complementing the menu were wine and spirits donated by Trinchero Family Estates and the Seven Three Distilling Company.

Chancellor William Wainwright, Ph.D., reminded guests that Delgado will be 100 years old in 2021, and spoke on its impact. Throughout the program, Eric Paulsen served as Emcee.

A silent auction featured experiences at local restaurants and retail gift cards as well as sports packages with highlights including Saints tickets on the 45-yard line and an Ultimate Game Day Experience.

For the last few years, Delgado has invited students to the event, representing their area of study or program.


Event at a Glance

What: “2019 Roast of the Town,” benefiting Delgado Community College Foundation

When: Friday, March 29

Where: Harrah’s New Orleans Theater


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