Chevron, New Orleans Recreation Development Commission Host 4th Annual Volunteer Appreciation Reception
NEW ORLEANS – Chevron and the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission (NORDC) held its fourth annual volunteer appreciation reception honoring more than 1,200 individuals who lend their time and service to NORDC throughout the year on Tuesday, May 16, at the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas. Sponsored by Chevron, this year’s reception recognized two volunteers of the year and eight coaches of the year.
The evening began with a welcome social, and a performance by the Stooges Brass Band and DJ Chicken. Opening remarks from Vic Richard, NORDC CEO, Byron C. Williams, NORDC Commission Chair, Louis Lauricella, NORDC Foundation Chair and expressions of gratitude from Mayor Mitch Landrieu were followed by an awards presentation from the evening’s Emcee, Shonnda Smith, NORDC Chief Program Officer.
A multitude of volunteers were recognized for their dedication and numerous hours of service. Special recognition was presented to Volunteer of the Year Kenneth Landix, and Rear Bienemy; Coaches of the Year for Lakeshore, Tamika Butler-Boutte, and Patrick Lonzo; Uptown, Jean McGee, and Joshua Holland; Downtown, Chantelle Allen, and Bobby Roy; and Algiers, Valerie Kees and Rondrick Vaughn for their above and beyond contributions to NORDC throughout 2016.
Every year, NORDC works in tandem with volunteers to maintain its parks, programs, and events open to residents across the City of New Orleans, reps said. Registered volunteers who contribute 30 hours or more during a tax year qualify for a $500 Louisiana State Income Tax deduction. NORDC offers four types of volunteer opportunities: athletic volunteers, rec center volunteers, special event volunteers and group volunteers.
Since 2011, Chevron’s partnership with NORDC has exemplified its commitment to improving the mental, physical and social wellbeing of the region where its employees live, and the company operates. Chevron recognizes the importance of supporting NORDC as part of the overall economic and cultural vitality of the City of New Orleans.
Volunteer opportunities are open to residents, ages 13 and older.