New Roads, La. – New Roads Mayor Anthony Daisy will recognize five of the city’s most notable “people of action” at the Community Impact Awards Banquet Thursday (Jan. 25) at 5 p.m. at the Scott Civic Center.

“Our city is blessed to have a rich blend of people who have used their unique talents and skills and their love for community to make New Roads a better place,” New Roads Mayor Anthony Daisy said.  “We want to continue our rich tradition of honoring these outstanding community members for their contributions.”

The five honorees who will be recognized at this year’s banquet will include:

  • Leon Dixon – owner and founder of Dixon & Sons Trucking Company. Dixon’s ability to be a successful entrepreneur has been a testament to his strong work ethic, his commitment to his family and the community.
  • Magdalene Franklin – life-long member of St. Augustine Catholic Church and early education professional. Franklin holds degrees in education and social studies and serves on many community boards and committees.
  • Charlie Harris, Jr. – community volunteer and public servant. Harris served as president of the Community Improvement Association, and treasurer of the local NAACP chapter. He served in the Knights of Peter Claver organization and initiated and coached little league baseball in the community.  He operated the Harris Barber Shop, served as the 9th Ward Justice of the Peace, was employed as a USPS mail carrier and helped to manage the Sewer Control System.
  • Melissa Hymel – librarian and active community volunteer. Hymel served as Administrative Librarian of the Pointe Coupee Parish Library System where she supervised five building expansions, renovations and new construction projects, including the expansion of arts, technology and wireless services at all parish library locations. She holds the distinction of being the only librarian in the Southeastern United States to receive the New York Times Librarian of the Year Award. She also has been active with St. Mary’s of False River Church, Catholic High of Pointe Coupee, Greater Pointe Coupee Chamber of Commerce, Louisiana Library Association and American Library Association.
  • Bernard “Pap” and Pris Baum – owners of Pap & Pris Florist and Gifts. The Baums have been active business leaders, serving on the Junior Chamber of Commerce, New Roads Lions Club, New Roads Planning and Zoning Commission, and in the St. Mary’s Catholic Church.  Pap Baum is a past King of the Lions Club Mardi Gras.  They are members of the Louisiana Florist Association, Louisiana Nursery Association, Transworld Delivery and Teleflora.

The banquet will include a cocktail hour from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., followed by dinner and the awards program.  Tickets for the event are $35 per person or $280 for a table of eight, and they can be purchased at New Roads Information Center, across from City Hall.  No tickets will be sold at the door.

For more information, contact Betty Fontaine or Larenda Broussard at 225-638-5360.

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