Helping America's Most Vulnerable

Volunteers of America Hosts 24th Annual GolfStar Classic to Benefit Adoption Program

New Orleans, LA (March 22, 2016) -- On March 15, Volunteers of America Greater New Orleans hosted its 24th Annual GolfStar Classic, presented by Jay Trusheim, Prudential Financial Professional, offering P&C through Liberty Mutual Insurance, at TPC Louisiana. The tournament is the sole fundraiser for the organization's Adoption Program. As a licensed adoption agency for over 70 years, Volunteers of America is a respected pioneer in issues such as open adoption. The Adoption Program works with both women facing unplanned pregnancies and with married couples struggling with fertility, and has united thousands of forever families over the decades.

More than 130 golfers participated in the tournament, and many families with children adopted through Volunteers of America also took part in the festivities. The event featured food by Acme Oyster House, Texas Roadhouse, Fat Harry's, Maurice French Pastries, Pepsi Beverage Company, Starbucks and Southern Eagle; a fabulous silent auction; and an opportunity to win a 2016 Mercedes CLA250.

Additional sponsors included Mercedes-Benz of New Orleans, First NBC; Retif Oil & Fuel; Simmons & Associates - Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.; Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services; Entergy; F.H. Myers Construction Corporation; Jones, Swanson, Huddell & Garrison; Real Estate Tax Group; Scott Mouledous Construction Company; United Healthcare Community Plan; Fore!Kids Foundation and The New Orleans Advocate.

Caption 1: Aimee Gautreau and John Trusheim (on behalf of GolfStar Classic presenting sponsor Jay Trusheim, Prudential Financial Professional, offering P&C through Liberty Mutual Insurance) present a check to Volunteers of America Board Member and GolfStar Classic co-chair Christy Howley Connois, President and CEO of Volunteers of America Greater New Orleans James LeBlanc, and Volunteers of America Board Member and GolfStar Classic committee co-chair Paul Graff.

Caption 2: Volunteers of America Greater New Orleans Board Chair, GolfStar Classic Sponsor and President and Chief Executive Officer of Imperial Trading Company Wayne M. Baquet Jr.; Volunteers of America Adoption and Maternity Services Program Manager Lori Arceneaux; and GolfStar Classic Sponsor and President and CEO of Entergy New Orleans Charles L. Rice Jr.

Caption 3: Volunteers of America adoptive parents Sylvia – who was also adopted through Volunteers of America – and John with their son Heath.

Caption 4: GolfStar Classic First Place foursome from Whitney Bank – Scott Scheffy, Dave Frady, Ryan MacMaster and Robert MacMaster – with Volunteers of America Greater New Orleans President and CEO James LeBlanc

Caption 5: GolfStar Classic Second Place foursome from Scott Mouledous Construction Company – Scott Mouledous Jr., Justin Ranger, Bryan McCaulley and Cody Walker (not pictured) – with Volunteers of America Greater New Orleans President and CEO James LeBlanc

For more information about Volunteers of America Greater New Orleans, please visit www.voagno.org.

Volunteers of America is a national, nonprofit, faith-based organization dedicated to helping those in need rebuild their lives and reach their full potential. Since 1896, our ministry of service has supported and empowered America's most vulnerable groups, including at-risk youth, the frail elderly, men returning from prison, people with disabilities, and those recovering from addictions. Our work touches the mind, body, heart-and ultimately the spirit-of those we serve, integrating our deep compassion with highly effective programs and services.

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