Post-Hurricane Heroes

The “Power of Women” luncheon recognized the work of eight outstanding female volunteers and community leaders who have made a significant contribution to the ongoing recovery efforts of New Orleans and the state of Louisiana in the 10 years since Hurricane Katrina.

As the Red Cross marks 10 years since the storm, the nonprofit sought to acknowledge the spirit of volunteerism that helped mobilize and drive recovery efforts in its aftermath, and continues to drive the Red Cross today. The honorees were: Karen DeSalvo, M.D., M.P.H., M.Sc.; Yvette Jones; Adrianne M. LeBlanc; Anne Milling; Margaret Orr; Sally-Ann Roberts; Denise Thornton; and Connie Uddo.

Hoda Kotb served as the keynote speaker and discussed her experiences in covering the aftermath of Katrina and the Red Cross efforts to assist those in need. Kotb is a co-host of NBC’s Today Show, a Dateline NBC correspondent and a New York Times Best Sellers author. She covered the aftermath and one-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which was a personal story for Kotb as she lived in New Orleans as a WWL-TV anchor from 1992-’98.

Honorees, VIPs and members of the Tiffany Circle attended a meet and greet with Hoda Kotb before the luncheon. Cocktails and light hors d’oeuvres were served.

A second line kicked off the luncheon, led by Hoda Kotb, the honorees and the Rebirth Brass Band. The program included a welcome address by Mayor Mitch Landrieu, words from Tiffany Circle member Cindy Nunez, Co-Chairs Lori Murphy and Olivia Manning and an introduction of the keynote speaker by Archie Manning. Kay Wilkins, Red Cross Louisiana Regional CEO, thanked attendees for joining the Red Cross to honor the eight women.

The Tiffany Circle of the American Red Cross hosted the luncheon. The Tiffany Circle is a group of exceptional women who dedicate their resources and talent to supporting the mission and work of the Red Cross all year long. 


What: “Power of Women,” luncheon benefiting American Red Cross
When: Friday, August 21
Where: Marriott New Orleans


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