5TH Annual Ann Coxen Mitchell Scholarship Soiree
Date: March 19, 2017
Time: 4-7 pm
Location: The Arbor Room at Popp Fountain
Our 5th annual fundraiser will benefit deserving students at Dillard University, Southern University at New Orleans, and Xavier University of LA, as well as programs of the Jack and Jill Foundation, and local non-profits that positively affect the health, education, and lives of children.
Ann Coxen Mitchell
Ann was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. She is a graduate of Xavier University Prep High School and Xavier University, Class of 1977. Ann had an extraordinary professional career and held various progressive managerial roles with Woolco Department Stores, Beatrice Hunt Wesson Foods and Hanes/Donna Karan Hosiery. At the time of her death, Ann served as Supplier Diversity Manager of Harrah’s Corporate Strategic Sourcing. Ann was a member of many service organizations including Past Basileus of Omicron Lambda Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.; President of Lake Barrington Homeowners Association; President of HIPO; Past President of the local Chapter and Regional Secretary Treasurer of the South Central Region of Jack and Jill of America, Inc.; Treasurer of the Coalition of 100 Black Women; a Board Member of the Louisiana Minority Business Council; the New Orleans Multicultural Tourism Network and the Goodwork Network; a member of The Links, Inc., Pontchartrain Chapter; and a member of the Muses carnival organization.
2017 Jack of the Year – Michael Hickerson, MSW, RSW
Michael Hickerson is the founder and executive director of In This Together, Inc. a non-profit community-based organization providing comprehensive supportive services to individuals and families. As a native New Orleans, Mr. Hickerson holds a bachelor and master degree in social work from Southern University at New Orleans. Mr. Hickerson has served on many national and local board and advisory committee. On May 16, 2007, Mr. Hickerson was appointed by the Governor of the State of Louisiana to serve as a member of the Louisiana State Board of Social Work Examiners (LSBSWE). He currently serves as vice-chair of LSBSWE and was recently appointed by the Association of Social Work Boards to the Approved Continuing Education committee that approves and governs continuing education providers throughout the United States and Canada. Michael also serves on the Lowernine.org board of directors. This volunteer organization works to restore electricity and plumbing to Katrina damaged homes in the Ninth Ward. Mr. Hickerson is also an adjunct professor at Southern University at New Orleans School of Social Work. Mr. Hickerson has served as a board member of the William J. Fanning Foundation “Buzzy Boys and Girls” for several years where he with the help of other board members, friends, and community members have successfully raised over $100,000.00 during the past several years to provide non-traditional support to individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS. Through Michael’s fundraising efforts, he has offered many community members an opportunity to express themselves through the “Art of Drag”. While no longer a member of Buzzy Boys and Girls board he remains dedicated and committed to the organization’s mission. Along with the Crescent City Charter of the Links, Inc. and the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, annual Michael co-chairs the Red Umbrella HIV/AIDS Awareness March to raises awareness and education prevention around the rising rate of HIV/AIDS infection in the African American community here in New Orleans. Mr. Hickerson was honored by the Human Rights Campaign and was the recipient of the 2009 Award for Equality. He was also honored as a 2014 recipient of the Crescent Chapter of the Links, Inc. Champion for Change.
2017 Jill of the Year – Cynthia Butler – McIntyre, MA
Cynthia M. A. Butler-McIntyre was the 24th National President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Initiated into the Sorority through the Beta Gamma Chapter of Dillard University on November 30, 1973, Butler-McIntyre has served Delta with distinction at the local, state, regional and national levels which has earned her the respect and admiration of the membership. She is lovingly regarded as “A Leader with a Servant’s Heart.” Butler-McIntyre is an educator who currently serves as a director of human resources for the Jefferson Parish Public School System in Harvey, LA. She has impacted the lives of countless young people for over 30 years as a teacher, assistant principal, summer school principal and personnel administrator in her school district. Her professional experience also includes her service as executive director of Tech-Prep Summer Program at Delgado Community College in New Orleans, La. She has also worked as the assistant coordinator of field experiences and College of Education supervisor for early childhood student teaching experiences for the University of New Orleans. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in early childhood education at Dillard University. At the age of 20, she earned a Master of Education degree in curriculum and instruction/educational administration at the University of New Orleans. She is the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity degree in religious education from the Louisiana Christian Bible College. Butler-McIntyre’s distinguished service and outstanding achievements have been recognized by numerous professional, civic and religious organizations on the local, state and national levels.
2017 Jack and Jill of the Year – Son of a Saint
Son of a Saint was founded on January 1, 2011 by Bivian “Sonny” Lee III to honor his late father (New Orleans Saints cornerback Bivian Lee) and his single mother. Sonny has dedicated his life to enhancing the lives of fatherless boys. Life for boys who lose their fathers is an uphill battle involving challenges related to self-confidence, anger and feelings of abandonment. Left unaddressed, these challenges too often manifest in unhealthy behaviors during the early teenage years through young adulthood. Son of a Saint is a necessary intervention at a delicate time – a wellspring of positive influence when it’s needed most by the boys who need it most. Son of a Saint exists to enhance the lives of fatherless boys through mentorship, emotional support, development of life skills, exposure to constructive experiences and formation of positive, lasting peer-to-peer relationships. Young mentees forge relationships with volunteer mentors, counselors and tutors that develop over a long period, providing consistent support, guidance and encouragement. . Each boy remains a Son of a Saint Mentee until he is 18 and receives his college acceptance letter.