Philanthropic Fun: Successful Service

The “2019 YMCA Annual Meeting” honored community service and those who volunteer.

The YMCA of Greater New Orleans Annual Meeting welcomed YMCA Board of Trustees members, Advisory Board members from across the region and special guests to welcome the new board members and thank those who have fulfilled their service. The reception also touted the past year’s successes and accomplishments and looked forward to another year of success.

Thirteen new board members were welcomed to the YMCA, each coming from various professional backgrounds and communities within Greater New Orleans. Board members and other attendees represented the YMCA’s expansive services in the New Orleans metro region, including Orleans, Jefferson, Plaquemines and St. Tammany parishes.

In recognition of their service to the community, the 2019 program celebrated two honorees: Paysse McWilliams with the C. Allen Favrot Humanitarian of the Year Award, and Belle Chasse YMCA Volunteer Mitchell Bernier with the honor of the Mildred Wild Volunteer of the Year Award.

The elegant home of YMCA Board of Trustees Chair Richard and Jackie Yancey, filled with fresh flowers, provided a beautiful setting for the 75 guests in attendance. YMCA President and CEO Gordon Wadge delivered remarks in addition to the award presenters, Robert Becnel, Belle Chasse YMCA Executive Director, and Joey Roberts, West St. Tammany YMCA Executive Director.

Food was catered by ETC! Catering. The menu included a smoked salmon tray with all the fixings, mini crawfish beignets with remoulade sauce, artichoke stuffed chicken breasts, grilled veggie platter and brownies and lemon squares for dessert. Wine and beer were served as well, provided by The Wine Seller.


Event at a Glance

What: “2019 YMCA Annual Meeting,” benefiting YMCA

When: Thursday, January 24

Where: Home of Richard and Jackie Yancey


Board Members Marlin Gusman, Julie Nosser, Jay Batt and Erik Spansel

Board Members Elder Gwin, Kate Henry and Paul Kavanaugh