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Shinn to be honored at Weiss Awards event

noccj.jpgnoccj.jpgThe New Orleans Council for Community and Justice (NOCCJ) will celebrate its 52nd Annual Weiss Awards Event honoring their exceptional civic and humanitarian contribution in the Greater New Orleans area.

This year, the Weiss Awards will be presented to four outstanding community leaders who have been influential in promoting the advancement of social understanding and care. This year's honorees are Scott S. Cowen, President of Tulane University; Dorothy "Dottie" Reese, Civic Leader; George Shinn, Owner of the New Orleans Hornets, and Seletha A. Nagin, Community Activist.

The honorees will receive their recognition at its 52nd Annual Weiss Awards scheduled to take place Tuesday, April 28, 2009 at Harrah's New Orleans Casino Theater. Funds raised from the Event will support local innovative programs for the community such as Anytown Institute and the Youth Renewal Initiative. The Co-Chairs for this prestigious occasion are M. Cleland Powell, Vice President of Whitney National Bank and William Hines, Managing Partner of Jones Walker.

NOCCJ, formerly known as The National Conference of Christian and Jews, is a nonprofit human relations organization dedicated to fighting bias, bigotry and racism and promoting understanding and respect among all races, religions, and cultures through advocacy, conflict resolution and education. NOCCJ provides outcome-driven dialogue, leadership development, facilitator training, and techniques that help to dismantle systems of oppression in the Greater New Orleans area.

The City's oldest human relations organization, The New Orleans Council for Community and Justice (NOCCJ), formerly known as The National Conference of Christian and Jews, announced the recipients of the 2009 Weiss Awards. Chosen for their exceptional civic and humanitarian contributions to the people of the Greater New Orleans area, the honorees are Scott S. Cowen, President of Tulane University; Dorothy "Dottie" Reese, Civic Leader; George Shinn, Owner of the New Orleans Hornets, and Seletha A. Nagin, Community Activist.

The honorees will receive their recognition at 52nd Annual Weiss Awards scheduled to take place Tuesday, April 28, 2009 at Harrah's New Orleans Casino Theater. Funds raised from the Event will support local innovative programs for the community such as Anytown Institute and the Youth Renewal Initiative. The Co-Chairs for this prestigious occasion are M. Cleland Powell, Vice President of Whitney National Bank and William Hines, Managing Partner of Jones Walker.

Funds raised from the Event will support local innovative programs for the community such as Anytown Institute and the Youth Renewal Initiative. The Anytown Institute, which began in 1957, is a unique weeklong summer institute for high school students that bring teenagers of various racial and ethnic backgrounds together. Based upon the premise that respect is gained by the opportunity to meet and interact with one another, Anytown offers young people the chance to not only discover and appreciate the similarities of people regardless of race, religion, or culture, but also to learn a great deal about themselves.

In addition, NOCCJ will implement its Youth Renewal Initiative (YRI). YRI purpose is to create a healthy community by identifying youth living in the Greater New Orleans Area without adult supervision or with inadequate adult supervision (Phase I of the Initiative), and by providing them with critical services (counseling, life-skill training, work-skill training, and essential needs {housing, clothing and food}) through a coordinated program of workshops, interactive learning, and group meetings and discussions.

"The Annual Weiss Awards Event is the major fund-raising effort of NOCCJ," said Mr. Powell. "The monies raised are essential to the continued success of their outreach programs which in turn benefits the entire community."

The Event presents an opportunity for all persons who subscribe to the goals and ideal of NOCCJ to lend their support to this worthwhile organization. Mr. Hinest said, "While these individuals have received many awards for their outstanding work in the community, we believe that the Weiss Awards uniquely recognizes their devotion and advocacy of programs that promote respect for self and others."