There are eight Honoree sets who will be highlighted on stage. This group is raising money for the organization and is presenting auction packages for bidders at the event. At their kick-off the synergy was built as people shared their empathy regarding mental health challenges.
The photo shoot that night was by James Edward Bates Photography.
Yvonne Gajewski, President, Tina Ross Seamans, Executive Director, Eric Sievers, President Elect and Jean McGrury, Past President. In 1989 a group of energetic business and community leaders came together to form what is now Biloxi Bay Area Chamber of Commerce. Congratulations on your 30 Year Anniversary BBACC!
Greg & Andrea Bufkin started El Roi, an organization that works primarily to meet the needs of the families of those in treatment for substance use disorder, as well as helping people overcome substance use disorder. The couple has been married for 7 years and they have 5 children. Greg has a B.S. in Business Administration from MS State University and Andrea is a Massage Therapist at Bellissimo Spa in Biloxi.
Mary Casalme graduated from USM and is a sales representative at State Farm. During her professional career, she was on the New Orleans Saints cheerleading team, the Saintsations. Mary says her ultimate passion in life is personal growth, she will never stop learning and testing her limits.
Brandy graduated from USM with a BA, with an emphasis in marketing. She worked as an NFL Cheerleader for the New Orleans Saintsations. Brandy has held many pageant titles, currently Mrs. USA. She is married to Michael and is owner of The Sequin Siren, a formal wear and event apparel boutique.
Corey Christy is the Outreach Program Director at the Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum and lead singer and bassist of the local band Blackwater Brass. Christy received his BA, with an emphasis in marketing, from USM and then attended the MBA program at Southern Illinois University.
Joshua and Angelle Hahn are the parents of Adelyn. Joshua received a Masters of Nurse Anesthesia from Our Lady of The Lake College. He is a Certified Nurse Anesthetist, CRNA, at Memorial Hospital. Angelle attended USM, is an Account Executive at iHeartMedia and an Insurance Advisor/Account Manager at Mayfield & Associates. Previously, she was a successful retail business owner.
Elina Lee is Author and Founder of the 'Inner Success Project,' dedicated to helping others achieve their goals mentally, physically, emotionally, spiritually, and financially. Each year, Elina produces four international Life Mastery Retreats and Cruises. Elina’s full story is inspirational.
Jeremy McHugh has been a licensed U.S. Coast Guard approved 100-ton Captain of 11 years. He owns and operates Still Water Fishing Charters. Jeremy has worked with the Gulf Coast Research Lab deploying satellite tags in Tarpon in MS waters. He is the director of The Gulf Coast Speckled Trout Shootout.
John & Anna Ward Sukmann reside in Gulfport. John obtained his degree from Louisiana Tech University and is a graphic designer at the Beau Rivage. Anna received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Tennessee and her Juris Doctorate from Mississippi College School of Law. She has practiced family law for 15 years and is an attorney with Perry, Murr, Teel & Koenenn.
Each year a community member is selected to receive the Annette O’Keefe Humanitarian Award. We are excited to announce that the 2019 recipient is Dorothy Wilson!
Dorothy Wilson is publisher of Gulf Coast Woman magazine and co-founder of the Success Women’s Conference. She and her husband, James, also own Mighty Men Movers, LLC.
Gulf Coast Woman magazine aims to engage and inform South Mississippi’s women and the broader community. Mighty Men Movers MS has offered business and residential relocation services on the Coast since 2004.
Dorothy has 35 years of experience in the publishing and marketing industry.
With a history dating back to 1963 Mental Health Association of South MS now has direct service programs of support for people with mental health challenges and prevention education. These include a drop-in center for adults, homeless outreach, supportive housing, wellness education and peer support.
MHA is the National Institute of Mental Health’s State Outreach Partner and the only MS affiliate of Mental Health America.
Boomtown Casino, Community Bank, Garden Park Medical Center, Gulfport Behavioral Health System, Harrision County Board of Supervisors, Future Design Group, Wells Fargo, Domino's Pizza, Bacot McCarty Foundation, Hill & Brooks Coffee and Tea Company, Inc
Beau Rivage Resort and Casino, Bradford O'Keefe Funeral Home, The Chemours Company, Harrah's Gulf Coast, Loaves & Fishes, Mindful Matters, PRN Home Care, The Peoples Bank, United States Marine, Inc., Oceans Healthcare, Keesler Federal Credit Union, BancorpSouth, Medical Analysis, Papania Family Dentistry, Thu Truong, Associated Food Equipment & Supplies, Gulf Coast Woman Magazine, Mighty Men Movers, Hederman Brothers, Farragut Law Firm, Decatur Expresso
Gulf Coast Woman Magazine, South MS Living Magazine, The Sun Herald, Transmedia, WXXV, WLOX, Streetcar PR, Lamar Advertising Company, CableOne
After The Proposal, Blue Earth Productions, City Of Biloxi, Gulf Coast Silk Screening, James Edward Bates Photography, Knight Abbey Printing, Shaughnessy Printing, Coca Cola Bottling Company, L & M Liquor, The York Photo Co., Tito's Handmade Vodka
Cypress Taphouse, Gulf Breeze Grill, Hard Rock Casino, Harrah’S Gulf Coast, Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort