March of Dimes celebrated the organization’s 75th anniversary with its 27th annual “Spotlight on Success Gala” held at Generations Hall on June 14. The evening paid tribute to 29 outstanding young professionals in the local community who are making major impacts on the city. A patron party was held at the Eiffel Society the previous Saturday and included an open bar, food and live music for the organization’s closest supporters. Chris Shirer and Melinda Rome Clements co-chaired the event, while Camille Whitworth of WDSU-TV Channel 6 emceed the evening’s program.

This year’s honorees were: Richard Arnold, Steven Aucoin,
Shamier Bouie,
Mark Carter,
Mona Chawla, Alicia Corcoran,
Jeremy Dazzo,
Amarena Diaz,
Mallory Eagan, Jeffrey Fontenot,
Kris Gabik,
Andrea Gilich Jr.,
Allison Gouaux, Megan Hebert, Lori Koepp,
Gretchen Lynn,
Brittany Mulla,
Chandler Nutik,
Lisa Ochomogo,
Cara Raymond,
Andrew Remson,
Caitlin Rolling,
Joshua Rubenstein,
James Sims III,
Bradley Spieler,
Heidi Schwartzmann,
Cassie Schwartzmann,
Melissa Wiseman
and Erin Woods.


The gala featured cuisine from more than 15 New Orleans restaurants, and the Bucktown All-Stars livened up the night with their characteristic soul. Guests enjoyed an open bar and had an opportunity to bid on a pair of Drew Brees signed cleats.

Proceeds from the event amounted to more than $125,000, and benefit the March of Dimes campaign to reduce the rate of premature births, birth defects and other serious threats to babies’ health.


Event at a Glance

What: “Spotlight on Success,” benefitting March of Dimes
When: Friday, June 14
Where: Generations Hall