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New Orleans leaders go to Aspen, CO to mark the 5th Anniversary since Katrina and discuss how neighborhood leadership is helping the city come back better than before - July 23, 2010

Friends of New Orleans hosted a benefit dinner and discussion, "While Frustrations on the Gulf Rise, New Orleans Leaders Take Action" on Friday, July 23, in Aspen, CO at the home of Alex Kaufman. Over 80 VIPs from the Aspen community attended this special event organized by FONO to raise awareness of the great strides made to date in the rebuilding and restoration of Southern Louisiana after Katrina, and the challenges that lay ahead due to the BP Oil Spill catastrophe. In addition to HBO's hit series The Wire and Treme actor, Wendell Pierce, the panelists included: LaToya Cantrell, President of the Broadmoor Improvement Assoc. and the Broadmoor Community Development Corp., who has become a case study at Harvard University for how to do community development; Denise Thornton, President and Founder of the Beacon of Hope Resource Centers, who has become a model for how communities can harness the power of "neighbors helping neighbors" to come back from a disaster; Dr. Vera B. Tripplett, President of the Gentilly Civic Improvement Assoc. and COO of the UNO Charter Schools Network, whose work is helping the city's public schools become the best in the State; and Father Vien The Nguyen, Pastor of Mary Queen of Vietnam Catholic Church and leader of the East New Orleans Vietnamese community which includes many of the region's fishermen whose livelihood has been destroyed by the BP Gulf spill.

This discussion was moderated by New Orleans native and FONO Founder, Walter Isaacson, President of the Aspen Institute. Please click here to view bios and photos of these leaders.

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