8th Annual Black Tie and Blue Jeans Gala: Forever Young Award Nominees

8th Annual Black Tie and Blue Jeans Gala: Forever Young Award Nominees

Mississippi Gulf Coast – Coast Young Professional’s 8th Annual Black Tie and Blue Jeans Gala will be held on June 15th with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. at Hard Rock LIVE located in the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Biloxi.

The Black Tie and Blue Jeans Gala is the most unpretentious gala along the Gulf Coast. The first hour features music and includes a key opportunity to network. It provides an opportunity to give back while networking with other professionals along the Gulf Coast. It is an exceptional awards program that honors 10 of its most accomplished and influential mentors with the “Forever Young” award and will present this award on the night of the event.

Coast Young Professionals have nominated several of their mentors for the “Forever Young” award. Forever Young candidates are persons of professional integrity who exemplify the spirit of service to their professions and who have, by their leadership, made a significant contribution to the advancement of a Coast Young Professionals Member’s career.

This year’s nominees are comprised of a very impressive group of mentors and community leaders including: Narissa Behrens, Anchored in Fluffy Sweetness & More, LLC – Bonnie Blackledge, Transmedia, Inc. ­­Dennis J. Burke, Retiree – Megan Burkes, University of Southern Mississippi Foundation – Nyra Naquin Canales, The MCC Group/MCC BERNHARD – RoAnna Chenault, Hancock Bank – Larry Clark, Butch Oustalet Autoplex – Warren Conway, Conway and Associates – Cindy DeFrances, Lynn Meadows Discovery Center – Scott Delano, Mississippi House of Representatives – Lynn Frisby, Boomtown Casino & Hollywood Gulf Coast – Tonya Hays, Lynn Meadows Discovery Center – Liz Joachim, Corso’s – LaWanda Jones, Hancock Bank – Billy Knight, Sr., Singing River Health System Foundation – Melissa Krol, BancorpSouth – Mark LaSalle, Pascagoula River Audubon Center – Ray Lacy, St. Thomas Catholic Church – William Littlejohn, Buffalo Wild Wings – David Machado, Machado -Patano, PLLC – Ricky Rex Mathews, NOLA Media Group – Dean McBride, Harrah’s Gulf Coast – John Meynardie, United States Attorney’s Office, Southern District of MS – Tommy Murphy, Mississippi Power – Eric Oliver, Future Design Group – Amber Olsen, Nextaff Gulf Coast – Bridgette Parks, Virginia College – Bill Raymond, City of Biloxi – Margaret Reynolds, Reynolds Independent Insurance Agency, LLC – Paige Riley, Hillyer House – Kennedy Smith, Harrah’s Gulf Coast – Ben Stone, Balch & Bingham LLP – Cheli Strumila, Coast Observer – Michael Sunderman, M2 Media – Cynthia Dobbs Sutton, Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce – Dr. Jennifer Sutton, Gulf Coast Veterinary Emergency Hospital, PA and Beach View Veterinary Hospital, LLC – Chevis Swetman, The Peoples Bank – Rick Toles, Game Changer Fitness and Nutrition Center.

Tickets for the event are $40, and sponsorships are available. Tickets include admission, heavy hor d’oeuvres, a photobooth, and a cash bar.

For additional information regarding the Black Tie and Blue Jeans Gala or to purchase tickets or sponsorships, contact CYP Director, Olivia Munn, at 228-604-0014.