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Boys Town Louisiana Hosts 30th Anniversary Gala


​​​​​​​​​​​​​​On November 2, Boys Town Louisiana celebrated its 30th Anniversary of service with a Gala and Awards Dinner. It was truly an inspiring evening honoring those who have made their 30-year milestone possible. Boys Town Louisiana was fortunate to be joined by Boys Town National Executive Director Father Steven Boes, New Orleans City Councilmember Cyndi Nguyen, Orleans Parish Sherriff Marlin Gusman, and CEO and President of Entergy New Orleans David Ellis.​

The event began with a cocktail reception hosted by the Ace Hotel New Orleans and Domain Companies along with fundraising games. Guests could test their luck at the Punch Wall to win prizes like win and restaurant gift cards or purchase a Heads or Tails entry for a chance to win a trip to Las Vegas. By 7:00 p.m., guests were seated and welcomed by Brandi Nye, Chair of the Board and Rashain Carriere-Williams, Executive Director. The first special announcement of the evening came from New Orleans City Councilmember Cindy Nguyen, who presented Boys Town Louisiana with a City Proclamation for its outstanding humanitarian efforts and 30 years of service to the local community.​

After a seated dinner, participants were excited by a Live Auction featuring art from local artist Terrence Osborne, a replica of the Super Bowl XLIV Lombardi Trophy autographed by Saints players Chris Reis and Drew Brees, and a 7-night stay Tuscan Escape in Cortona, Italy. After the auction, guests were moved by the video of Terrica Smith, a former Boys Town Louisiana youth. As a current member of the Board of Directors, she encouraged guests to invest in the children of Boys Town and help fund the needs of the organization. Visit here to hear Terrica's inspiring story.​

Inspired by her story, Boys Town Louisiana raised more than $10,000 in five minutes from donor pledges. Between sponsorships, Fund-a-Need, and a Live Auction, Boys Town Louisiana raised over $80,000 in support of its mission.​

Over dessert, Rashain Carriere-Williams presented local electric and gas utility company, Entergy New Orleans, with the Catalyst for Change Award for their ongoing dedication to a stronger, healthier, and safer community. She also presented Judy and Jeff Doussan, Ken Gootee, and Margaret Soltis with the Luminary Award for their long-term generosity, commitment, and leadership to Boys Town Louisiana. The guests were treated to a true New Orleans send-off with a second line band winding between tables and leading them out of the hotel.​

The new morning, a final award was presented by Father Boes to the St. Catherine of Siena Women's Club at mass. They were honored with the Community Champion Award for their unwavering dedication to saving children and healing families in our community, most notably through their volunteer service with Boys Town Louisiana's Family Home Program.​

Boys Town Louisiana has had a huge impact on the New Orleans community for the past 30 years. They have tailored their service offerings to meet the needs of the community, have developed new community-based programs, and launched an Early Head Start program to provide infants and toddlers from low-income families a strong foundation for their educational journey.​

"Over the past 30 years, Boys Town Louisiana has contributed to this community in incredible ways by helping thousands of families and children," said James Howell, Development Director of Boys Town Louisiana. "Looking ahead, we have a huge opportunity to develop enhanced, sustaining partnerships with our community so that collectively we can make a greater, lasting impact for more children and families in Louisiana."​

Congratulations again to Boys Town Louisiana on 30 years of impact in Louisiana.​​

30th Anniversary of service with a Gala and Awards Dinner