• Love Your City Awards Gala Benefits Over 500 Local Families in Need

    February 02, 2021
    Media Contact:
    Dominique Becnel
    Gambel Communications
    Love Your City Awards Gala Benefits Over 500 Local Families in Need
    Virtual event recognizes organizations using business models as force for good amid COVID-19 Pandemic
    New Orleans, LA - On Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021, LifeCity and the Regional Sustainability Committee recognized local businesses and organizations for their environment and social impact achievements at the ninth annual Love Your City Awards Gala, moved to a virtual format this year as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Sponsored by Batture, the program featured remarks by Mayor LaToya Cantrell and Councilmember Kristen Palmer with a closing performance by Tank and the Bangas.
    LifeCity Founder and CEO Liz Shephard said, “We’re overwhelmed by how the New Orleans community has come together in such a beautiful way, in the middle of a pandemic, to help those in need.”
    LifeCity recognized local organizations for their leadership in 10 impact categories: health, food access, transportation, local culture, energy, water management, housing and built environment, equity, pollution prevention and education. This year’s award recipients are as follows:
    • Transportation Award: Online Optimism
    • Resource Management Award: Glass Half Full
    • Stormwater Management Award: Dillard University
    • Food Award: Top Box Foods
    • Equity Award: Einstein Charter Schools
    • Local Culture Award: Happy Raptor Distilling
    • Education Award: EdNavigator
    • Health Award: American Heart Association
    • Housing Award: Urban Focus
    • Energy Award: Shibusa Systems
    • People’s Choice Award: Magnolia Physical Therapy 
    • Youth Pick Award: New Orleans Youth Alliance (NOYA)
    • Best In Show: Healthy Community Services
    The virtual event featured live music from local artists, including Rising Appalachia, The Iguanas and Margie Perez, among others. The Love Your City Award Gala supported Black-owned New Orleans restaurants, delivering event attendees dinner from Addis Ethiopian Kitchen and Beaucoup Eats. All ticket proceeds contributed to feeding families in need with healthy foods, surpassing the goal of feeding 500 families.
    The Love Your City Awards is a part of the Love Your City Initiative, led by LifeCity, that supports the development of the impact economy and growth of for-benefit organizations in Louisiana. 
    *Editor’s Note: Full versions of the photos below and more from this event can be found here.
    About the Love Your City Initiative: The Love Your City Initiative supports the development of for-benefit organizations in our community. The initiative is a program of LifeCity, whose mission is to build an economy that works for good, city by city. Working for good means that the results of business and other organizational activities improve the environment, support greater equity, our environment and empower people and organizations to become their best selves. As an impact management firm, LifeCity helps define, measure, validate and market impact in a world that is increasingly concerned with transparency and accountability. To learn more, visit www.loveyourcitynola.com or follow along on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn or Instagram.  
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    Best in Show Winner: Healthy Community Services
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    Resource Management Category Winner: Glass Half Full
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