The Annual Meeting, presented by Ochsner Health System, featured keynote speaker Linda Rutherford, Senior Vice President & Chief Communications Officer of Southwest Airlines on February 2, 2018, at the Crowne Plaza New Orleans Airport. The event celebrated the accomplishments of 2017 and announced plans for initiatives, events and advocacy in 2018. New board members were inducted and 2017 Board Chairman, Fred Preis, passed the gavel to 2018 Board Chairman, Nick Karl.
The Gala Royale celebrated the Chamber’s 21st Anniversary with a casino royale themed celebration. The event, presented by Ochsner Health System, featured a performance by The Bag of Donuts, a toast to Jim Henderson, a silent auction, casino games and more! The Gala Royale was held on March 9, 2018, at the Ochsner Sports Performance Center on the turf of the New Orleans Saints practice field.
Hosted on May 18, 2018, under the Jefferson Chamber’s parking garage, the 21st Annual Crawfish Boil, presented by Cox Louisiana, served as a valuable opportunity for guests to connect with small and large business professionals, community leaders and elected officials. In company shirts with business cards in hand, attendees were treated to more than 2,000 pounds of crawfish and Cajun cuisine. The rain couldn’t even stop the fun!
Teams convened at the karting raceway in the spirit of friendly competition and teambuilding for the 7th Annual Grand Prix, presented by Zito Companies, at NOLA Motorsports Park on July 13, 2018. For the first time, teams were divided into two categories: competitive and recreational. Winners in the competitive category included Home Bank, 1st place; Century Link, 2nd place; and Zito Companies, 3rd place. Winners in the recreational category included Core Construction, 1st place; Fidelity Bank, 2nd place; and Cox Louisiana, 3rd place.
Thirty-one teams of golfers enjoyed a beautiful day on the links of TPC Louisiana at the Golf Classic, presented by ASI Federal Credit Union, on September 20, 2018. Golfers were treated to a brunch at the clubhouse before tee off. Food and drinks were provided along the course to offer a leisurely day of networking with clients and colleagues.
Tour de Jefferson & LiveWell Fest
The 12th Annual Tour de Jefferson, presented by Laitram, began in Lafreniere Park on October 21, 2018. Riders chose from 3 routes along the East Bank of Jefferson Parish and ended with the 2nd Annual LiveWell Fest in the Al Copeland Concert Meadow. The LiveWell Fest featured performances by three bands, fitness classes, vendor booths, a LiveWell Eatery and a kids zone. In partnership with the LiveWell Jefferson campaign, the ride and festival celebrated the quality of life and healthy initiatives of the parish.