On Feb. 23, the Jewish Children's Regional Service will recognize Honorary Officer Phyllis S. Stern at a gala event.

Stern will receive the Sara Stone Board Leadership Award, an award bestowed on a board member who has demonstrated leadership, loyalty, hard work and generosity towards the JCRS and the mission of the agency.

In addition to the JCRS presidency, which she held from 1985 to 1989, Stern has held numerous board positons at the JCRS since joining its board in 1975. She has also been a lifetime member of Temple Sinai and has served on the boards of its Sisterhood, Hillel, The Visiting Nurse Association and the board of the Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience, now the Goldring/Woldenberg Institutue for Southern Jewish Life.

The evening will feature clarinetist Michael White and his quartet. White will review the history of jazz in New Orleans with a musical medley and some narrative facts, all accompanied by projected historical images of both the city and Jewish institutions.

White is a professor of music at Xavier University and one a select few Fleur de Lis ambassadors for the City of New Orleans. In addition to his skills as a performer, he is widely recognized for his knowledge of jazz; from its sounds and beats, to the lives of those who have written and played it.

The 7 p.m. event will be at the J.W. Marriott, located between Canal and Common Streets. Tickets are $150 per person, and admission includes an elegant dinner. Tables will be set for 10 persons.

The JCRS is 152 years old, and is a regional agency, serving dependent and needy Jewish youth. It is headqurtered in Greater New Orleans. The Saturday evening gala kicks off a series of events that continues the next day.

More information: (504) 828-6334, visit the website at jcrsnola.org, or write P.O. Box 7368, Metairie LA 70010-7368.

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