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Jan 2, 2010

Source: The Times-Picayune

The Bureau of Governmental Research and the Anti-Defamation League are today’s subject

Saturday, January 2, 2010
By Nell Nolan
The Times-Picayune

Within several days of one another, the Bureau of Governmental Research held “BGR’s 2009 Annual Luncheon, “ the singular fundraising event of the year, and amassed about 750 people in the ballroom of the New Orleans Marriott. Elsewhere, and in the Waldorf Astoria Ballroom of the Roosevelt, the Anti-Defamation League presented its A.I. Botnick Torch of Liberty Award, hailing its “3-D honorees”: Darryl Berger, Denise Thornton and Doug Thornton.

Prior to sitting for lunch, BGR members met. Then, it was to the tables for an invocation by the Rev. Kelly Hostetler and a repast of harvest salad, braised short ribs, and strawberry Napoleon, which was enjoyed by folks from the private and public sector, along with several candidates vying for political office. When it was time for tributes, Chevron was tapped for its long-standing membership, which dates back to 1947. Brent Wood of Chevron stepped forward to accept the award. More tributes befell Whitney National Bank and the Marriott, respective event sponsor and host.

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Among the headliners were Jim Amoss, editor of The Times-Picayune, who introduced guest speaker Jonathan Capehart, a Washington Post editorial writer and MSNBC contributor. After his sagacious say, a slew of questions from the audience followed. Noted within the assembled ranks were BGR chairman Hans B. Jonassen with wife Pierce; BGR president and CEO Janet Howard with husband Scott, president of Regions Bank; past BGR chairman Lynes “Poco” Sloss with Liz; Whitney National Bank Executive Vice President Robert Baird; New Orleans Marriott General Manager Gil Zanchi; Anne Milling, 75th Anniversary Committee chairwoman; and political consultant/former luncheon speaker Mary Matalin. Also, Robert “Bob” Brown, Sterling Scott Willis, Byron R. Harrell, James Barkate, Hardy Fowler, Christian “Christy” Brown, Ruthie Frierson, Julie Livaudais George, Patrick Connick, Joan Coulter, and hundreds more.

At the Roosevelt, the Jeremy Marx Trio purveyed musical appetizers during the cocktail hour. After sitting to sup, and admiring the floral centerpieces in seasonal colors, the crowd turned attention to the program, which was launched by ADL South Central Regional Director Cathy Glaser. After her welcoming words, Rabbi Edward Cohn and the Rev. Donald Frampton gave the invocation; SCR board chairwoman Joy Goldberg Braun (with husband Andy) delivered remarks; a video presentation showcased ADL programs in the region; and Louis Shepard, Carol Asher, and Ron Forman (event co-chairmen, along with their co-chairing spouses, Dana, Harold and Sally), in turn, presented the Torch of Liberty Awards to Denise, Doug, and Darryl. He was joined by spouse Louellen and family members Allison and Ben Tiller, Brandon Berger, Donna Kay Berger, and Ervin and Iona Mae Aden; and the Thorntons, by Denise’s sister and brother-in-law. Melinda and Sammy Poiencot. Smiling as recipients of the 2009 Barney Mintz Leadership Awards were ADL board members Jill Israel and Ann Thompson with Dave and Shaw.

Past Liberty laureates included Scott Cowen, Roger Ogden, Rabbi David Goldstein, Margot Garon, Dr. Marshall Gottsegen, Paul Rosenblum, former Mayor Moon and Verna Landrieu, Joyce Pulitzer, and Clancy and Margo DuBos, who mingled with Sherrie and Alan Goodman, Leann and Ted Moses, Bill Goldring, Allan Katz, Josh Force, Robert and Anne Walmsley, Michael and Jill Schneider, Michael Botnick, Betty and Harry Lazarus, and Gary and Martha Solomon with sons Gary Jr. and Conway.

Jan 2, 2010

Source: The Times-Picayune

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