The 58th annual “Weiss Awards” honored seven individuals for their civic and humanitarian contributions to the New Orleans community. 2015 honorees were: Robert W. Merrick, Chairman and CEO of Latter & Blum, Inc.; Sonia Perez, President of AT&T Louisiana; M. Cleland Powell III, Executive Vice President and Senior Commercial Manager of IberiaBank; Zack Rosenburg and Liz McCartney, Co-Founders of the St. Bernard Project; Warner L. Thomas, President and CEO of Ochsner Health System; and Jimmie M. Woods Sr., Co-Founder and CEO of Metro Service Group, Inc.
Along with recognition for the 2015 recipients of the Weiss Awards, NOCCJ honored Fr. James C. Carter, S. J., Emeritus President of Loyola University of New Orleans for “Courageous Leadership in Governmental, Civic and/or Charitable Affairs.”
Other speakers at the event included Stephanie Bridges, President and CEO of NOCCJ, and Harry Rosenberg, Presiding Co-Chair of NOCCJ.
The 2015 event was festive, with decorations inspired by the essence of New Orleans. Mardi Gras Indians attended the reception and led the award recipients into the main ballroom. Local artist Zuno thrilled guests with his live painting performance of a Mardi Gras Indian, which served as a silent auction item.
EVENT AT A GLANCE
What: 58th annual “Weiss Awards,” benefiting New Orleans Council for Community and Justice
When: Thursday, October 29
Where: Hyatt Regency New Orleans