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Tuesday, June 8th, 2021
VIP Reception: 6:00-7:00pm
Award Gala: 7:00-10:00pm
Zeid, Marv and Richy Ammari of Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts
Al Copeland Jr. of The Al Copeland Foundation
Lauren Darnell of MiNO Foundation
Jennifer Kelley Killian of Louisiana Hospitality Foundation
VIP Tables and Tables of 2, 4, and 8 available. For additional table accommodation requests, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
VIP Tables include our VIP Reception from 6:00-7:00pm and upgraded seating to the Award Gala (tables closest to the honorees)
Each year NOWFE presents the Ella Brennan Lifetime Achievement in Hospitality Award to one recipient who has made a lifetime commitment to the hospitality industry through extraordinary leadership, personal and professional accomplishments, and philanthropic contributions to the community. This past year, so many in our community stood up for others that we couldn't pick just one. In 2021, NOWFE presents the Ella Brennan "Stand Up for Your Hometown" Awards presented to recipients who have exhibited unwavering love and extended an extraordinary response to support the New Orleans community during the pandemic. The Award is named for legendary restaurateur Ella Brennan, in honor of her deep passion and commitment, which has made a significant and longstanding impact on the New Orleans hospitality industry.
Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts
Marv Ammari, Richy Ammari and Zeid Ammari, brothers and owners of Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts, donated hot meals to its hospitality workers, their families, and first responders at the beginning of the shutdown, serving 35,000 meals. Then they created a campaign called Creole Cuisine Cares and kicked off its efforts with “Build-A-Poor Boy + Feed-A-Community,” which raised enough funds for Second Harvest Food Bank to provide 25,000 meals to neighbors in our community. In conjunction with United Way of Southeast Louisiana and the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation, they created a long-term feeding program to assist those in a seven-parish area with critical food needs, and provided 3000 additional meals in the community. With their “Keep the Beat” campaign, Creole Cuisine donated funds to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundations’ Music Relief Fund, which provides immediate critical assistance to members of the Louisiana music and cultural community who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Al Copeland Jr.
The Al Copeland Foundation launched its fundraising campaign “Be a Hero” to deliver essential care packages to Louisiana hospitals during the first few months of the pandemic. The “Be A Hero. Thank a Hero” campaign provided a level of comfort in an overly chaotic work environment for these real-life heroes to 17 Louisiana hospitals across the state. They raised over $100k for supplies and meals for these frontline workers. In response to the many hurricanes that hit the Gulf Coast in 2020, the ACF also launched “Heroes Unite for the Gulf Coast” and “Heroes Unites for 337.” The Al Copeland Foundation partnered with suppliers, businesses and restaurants to deliver hot meals, essential items, and supplies to those in need.
Lauren Darnell, Executive Director of The MiNO Foundation partnered with Chef Cassidy Lewis, owner of Bumble Bee’s Pastry, to create Bee’s Grocery Fund. The Fund assists essential workers in need of immediate assistance in purchasing groceries during the pandemic. Lauren also created the Bounce Back Fund in response to COVID-19, to provide immediate emergency financial aid to hospitality professionals of color to meet basic needs. MiNO has partnered with donors and foundations to provide direct funding to those most in need and has provided individual support to assist hospitality professionals with identifying and applying for other forms of aid and securing unemployment.
Jennifer Kelley Killian
Executive Director of the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation, Jennifer oversees the many support programs that make up the foundation. The Hospitality Worker Crisis Grant Program provides emergency financial assistance to individuals working in Louisiana’s hospitality industry. It has supported employees dealing with emergencies outside of their control, including, but not limited to unexpected illness (including COVID-19), injury, death of an immediate family member, or disaster such as a house fire or flood. Jennifer also directed the South Louisiana Bar Owner Relief Fund which supported over 400 Louisiana bar owners with financial assistance in 2020, amid COVID-19 closures. The LAHF also supports educational grants, the Happy Santas program, Hurricane Laura Relief Fund, and educational grants.
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