Volunteers of America Southeast Louisiana (VOASEL) President and CEO Jim LeBlanc, John and Dathel Georges and Tod Smith are pictured at the WWII Museum to mark the end of the Volunteers of America’s 2018 national conference with an awards dinner. John Georges, Owner and Publisher of The Advocate, was presented with the 2018 Empathy Award for his role in post-Katrina recovery.


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 Mark Ingram II (center) poses with VOASEL’s Geoff Artigues, Mike King, Voris Vigree and Jim LeBlanc at the Volunteers of America’s award dinner in June. Ingram was given the 2018 Ballington and Maud Booth Award for his work mentoring local children with an incarcerated parent.


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The Jefferson Performing Arts Society’s Leading Ladies Guild host an Annie Membership Affair in conjunction with its Installation of Officers in June. The ceremony was officiated by JPAS President Stephen Dwyer (center) and took place after a JPAS Youth performance of Annie, Jr.


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FestiTalk presenters Debra Gould, Lauren Siegel, Jessica LeBlanc, moderator Leslie T. Snadowsky, Christina Garrett, Jeanne Souders, Mary Jane Walsh, Juli Juneau and Therese Duke are pictured at the eighth annual “FestiGals Women’s Weekend “in June. (Photo by Barrett DeLong-Church)


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Fashion designer Anne Monlezun celebrates “FestiGal’s Tricentennial Woman’s Day” with Sandra Dartus, FestiGals partnership liaison. The weekend-long event was headquartered at the Jung Hotel and featured women-centric events and presentations. (Photo by Riverview Photography)


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 Bamboula 2000 performs at the “Ashé Renovation Reveal and Summer Solstice Celebration,” hosted by the Ashé Cultural Art Center and Concordia to celebrate the renovations and unveil the O-Jam-Men Nursing Lounge, named for community health advocates Cheryl “Olayeela” Daste, Jamila Yejide Peters-Muhammad and Julie “Menhati” Singleton.


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Mayor Cantrell attended the “Ashé Renovation Reveal and Summer Solstice Celebration” in June. Ashé is celebrating their 20th anniversary and celebrating their new space, which will include a boutique, art and performance space and a central common area for the whole community.


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Jacqueline Haas, Fr. Sergio A. Serrano, O.P. and Marla Donovan are pictured at the Hispanic Apostolate’s “Welcome Back to School” event in June, which helped raise money for the tuition of Hispanic children attending Catholic schools.


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Diana Palacios, Liliana González, Paula Belanger and Rosiris Quintero attend the “Welcome Back to School” party hosted by the Hispanic Apostolate in June at the Sheraton Hotel in Metairie.

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Vincent J. Giardina and Kevin Gardere, the Executive Director of Development for Bridge House/Grace House are pictured at “Mr. Legs,” a fundraising event featuring male contestants who show a little leg for charity.

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Stacey Demmons (left) and Cynthia Browne pose with “Mr. Legs” contestant Jason Borja at the 18th annual event that benefits Bridge House/Grace House, a long-term residential, gender specific addiction treatment center.


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New Orleans Saints tight end Ben Watson reads Dr. Seuss’ What Pet Should I Get? to local children aboard the Carnival Triumph.