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"New Orleans - The Business and Social Entrepreneur Revolution" 2010 FONO Events Will Celebrate What People with Vision and Passion Can Accomplish on April 6 in San Francisco and in Los Angeles (Date TBD)

The purpose of these April FONO California events is to educate business leaders, investors and donors in California on the business and social entrepreneur movement in New Orleans that is capturing everyone's imagination. (Made the cover of Entrepreneur Magazine - "New Orleans: Four Years After Katrina, Entrepreneurs are Reconstructing the Iconic City" Aug 09, NY Times - "Entrepreneurs Leverage New Orleans's Charm to Lure Small Business" Jul 09, Wall St. Journal - "Entrepreneurs Take to Big Easy" Aug 09.) The two FONO events will highlight the cool and exciting things that are happening in New Orleans and, in the year of the 5th anniversary of Katrina, will celebrate how far the city has come. The LA event will feature James Carville (CNN Political Strategist and FONO Founder), Taylor Hackford (Academy Award Winning Film Director and FONO Board Member) and Harry Shearer (Comedian, Actor, Musician and FONO Board Member). New Orleans leaders behind the business entrepreneur movement who will be highlighted at both events include: Michael Hecht (President of GNO Inc.), Tim Williamson (President of Idea Village), plus the CEOs of 4 local startup companies that have gone national including Matt Wisdom of TurboSquid, Robbie Vitrano of NAKEDPizza, Chris Laibe of the Schedulist and Stacey Danner and Lea Keal of Sustainable Environmental Enterprises. Social entrepreneurs that FONO will also highlight at both events include: Beth Galante (Executive Director of Global Green New Orleans), Pat Cooper (President of the Early Childhood and Family Learning Center Foundation) and Phyllis Landrieu (Leading NOLA Early Learning & Child Advocate), Kyle Wedberg and Sally Perry (President/CEO and Executive Director of the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts), and Dr. Benjamin P. Sachs (Dean of the Tulane Medical School and leader behind the Tulane Community Health Clinics).

For more information on these incredible NOLA entrepreneurs and the fascinating work they are doing, Click Here.

The San Francisco after work reception and talk on April 6 is by invitation only and will be limited to Bay Area business leaders and investors, in addition to corporate, foundation and individual donors who are interested in learning more about what is happening in New Orleans. The Los Angeles VIP reception and benefit dinner (date TBD) will take place at a Hollywood home and will be open to all FONO donors and sponsors. Sponsorship levels for the Los Angeles VIP reception and benefit dinner are available at the $1,000 and up levels. For information on how you can sponsor and/or attend these events, please contact FONO Acting Executive Director and Founding Board Member, Denise Byrne at

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