By Shawn Coleman, Senior AmeriCorps member proudly serving at Celerity Dalton School. 

This year on April 4, 2019, after months of meticulous preparation, City Year Baton Rouge hosted our annual School House Rock Gala to invite current and possible future donors, sponsors, school partners, and supporters to join us on a journey. This year showcased that the quote “It Takes A Village” resonates throughout our service over the course of these 10 months. As we approach the end of the year, I wanted to hear from a few AmeriCorps member attendees to see how this experience was for them.

“As a Second Year AmeriCorps member and one that did not attend last year, I found out that people really admire what we do, are genuinely interested in the life of an AmeriCorps member, and that they care about the growth of the Baton Rouge community.” -Beverly Mansfield, Second Year AmeriCorps member serving at Celerity Dalton School

“It was really nice to talk to donors and the networking I was able to do was an incredible opportunity. I got to see other people’s perspectives on what they thought City Year was and getting to explain to them what City Year really is and how it is being in a year of service. Jennifer Eplett-Reilly’s remarks and thoughts on the organization really stood out to me and showed how influential she is in Baton Rouge. -Kentavious Preston, First Year AmeriCorps member serving at Broadmoor Middle School

“It was interesting to see all the people coming together and donating. I’ve been to other galas in the past and I love how with our gala, each step in the process, from programming to decorations to the invited guests, was intentional, well thought out,  and had its own impactful purpose. It made everything connect so well and I feel like it showed with the amount of support that was shown from our guests.” -Victoria Cross, First Year AmeriCorps member serving at Melrose Elementary School

“I saw how much we mean to this organization and to the city outside of the students we work with every day. For people to give as generously as they did that night, it was a powerful sight to see.” -Ronnie Bell, Senior AmeriCorps member serving at Broadmoor High School




Thank you again to our School House Rock Gala Sponsors!


Top of the Class Sponsors

H&E Equipment Services

Jones Walker | Dionne Rousseau

Lamar Advertising Company

Our Lady of the Lake Children's Health

Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers

Regions Bank


Principal Sponsors

Baton Rouge Coca-Cola Bottling Company

The Celtic Group

Entergy Louisiana


Hancock Whitney Bank

Kathryn and Luke Kissam

The Lemoine Company

Reserve Telecommunications

SGS Petroleum Service Corporation 


Teacher's Pet Sponsors

Adams & Reese

Aetna Better Health of Louisiana



Benchmark Builders

Bonton Associates


Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University

Ava and Cordell Haymon

Stacy and Cliff Hebert

Healthy Blue

Tina and Pete Holland

Kean Miller

Knobloch, Poche and Burns Wealth Management Group Wells Fargo Advisors

Louisiana Lottery Corporation 


McGlinchey Stafford

Terri and Edmund Sterling



Taylor Porter

Anne and Andy Thomas


A+ Student Sponsors

Edie and Ralph Bender

Leslie and Scott Berg

Susan and Marvin Borgmeyer

Cathy Coates and Brian Hales

Ann and Paul Connelly

Hayley & Associates

Alana and Ryan Haynie | Haynie & Associates

Teri and Gordon LeBlanc

Jada Lewis

Hugh McIntosh

Tracey and Ty McMains

Adrienne and Jim Moore

Linda and Mark Posner

Matthew Rachleff and Mark Kantrow

Elizabeth and Kent Richards

Brenda and Tommy Teepell

Tutta and Cyril Vetter

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