Congratulations to the recipients of the Diana Lewis CBNO Citizen Participation Awards

At Yesterday’s Citizen Participation Awards Luncheon, over 200 people at the Hotel Intercontinental celebrated the achievements of an individual and an organization. The recipients of the third annual Diana Lewis CBNO Citizen Participation Awards were Beth Shapiro Lavin, Chair of Emerging Philanthropists of New Orleans and St. John #5 Faith Church. CBNO would like to thank them for their service to New Orleans.

CBNO would like to thank the over 200 people who attend the awards ceremony. We would also like to thank the event sponsors Chevron, Hotel Intercontinental, and Breazeale, Sachse, & Wilson, and the individuals and organizations who sponsored tables. Finally thank you to Anne Milling of Women of the Storm who gave the keynote address. Here is some more information about the Citizen Participation Award recipients:


Individual Award:

Beth Shapiro Lavin, Chair

Emerging Philanthropists of New Orleans (EPNO)

EPNO inspires and educates young leaders to become lifelong philanthropists and to become vitally engaged with their communities. Her work connects not just resources to needs but people to each other, cultivating lasting relationships and building collaborations across many lines. Find out more information, go to EPNO’s website and connect to EPNO on twitter @EPNOla.


Organization Award:

St. John #5 Faith Church

Pastor Bruce Davenport

3829 Hamburg Stret

New Orleans, LA 70122

St. John #5 Faith Church uses a highly innovative, community-based approach to tackling major health issues such as HIV/AIDS. Led by Pastor Bruce Davenport, the Church trains community members on issues of health and violence and empowers them to outreach successfully within their own often high-risk, seldom-heard communities. Combined with direct service provision, this peer-to-peer approach benefits both the volunteers and the community members they engage. For more information on St. John #5 Church, visit their website or see this article from


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