Michael D. Ferachi, a member of McGlinchey Stafford’s Baton Rouge law office, is a 2014 recipient of the Louisiana State Bar Association’s Pro Bono Publico Award.

The award recognizes exceptional pro bono legal services to the citizens of Louisiana.

Elizabeth “Boo” Thomas, president and chief executive officer of the Center for Planning Excellence, has been selected by Forum 35 as its 2014 BR Original Award winner.

The award recognizes an individual who is dedicated to improving Baton Rouge through exemplary leadership, visionary thinking and extraordinary volunteerism.

Thomas has led neighborhood redevelopment and smart growth efforts in Baton Rouge during her career.

Lawrence Wilkinson, a chemist at ExxonMobil Refining & Supply Co. in Baton Rouge, received the 2014 ASTM Award of Merit and was named a fellow by the ASTM International Committee D02 on Petroleum Products, Liquid Fuels and Lubricant.

Wilkinson was cited for his respected technical expertise and leadership in maintaining standards within a number of D02 subcommittees.

The Louisiana Restaurant Association has named recipients of awards that will be presented at an Aug. 2 gala in the Napoleon Ballroom, Hilton New Orleans Riverside.

Restaurateurs of the Year: Peter Sclafani and Ruffin Rodrigue, of Ruffino’s Restaurants in Baton Rouge and Lafayette and Ruffino’s at De La Ronde Hall in downtown Baton Rouge.

Hall of Fame Inductees: the Marino Family of Gino’s Restaurant in Baton Rouge for faithful, dedicated and outstanding service to the association.

Associate Member of the Year: Mickey Freiberg, sales manager of Capitol City Produce, as a restaurant industry supplier who displays exceptional dedication to and support of the LRA.

Advocate of Year: Rep. Erich Ponti, District 69, and chairman of the Louisiana House Commerce Committee. The award recognizes an individual who has supported the advocacy efforts of the LRA and its partner industries.


The Urban League of Greater New Orleans has honored Delgado Community College with the Rising Star award for the college’s initiatives and programs in workforce development and 90 years serving the residents of greater New Orleans.

Delgado’s workforce development and technical education programs serve more than 11,000 students and workers annually through more than 1,200 courses offered on and off campus.