The Mid City Redevelopment Alliance will host its 11th annual Legacy Luncheon on Sept. 10 at Boudreaux’s in Baton Rouge, where it will present Tom Ed McHugh with the Rev. Mary E. Moody Medal of Lifetime Achievement award.
The award is given in honor of Moody, a longtime resident of the region and community leader.
A resident of Zachary for more than 70 years, McHugh’s career included 23 years with East Baton Parish School System, 21 of those as director of transportation.
McHugh was elected Home Rule Charter commissioner of Louisiana, to the Zachary Home Rule Charter Commission, the East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Council’s District 1 for two terms and Baton Rouge mayor-president for three terms, before moving to the position of executive director of the Louisiana Municipal Association, where he served through 2013, a news release said.
McHugh’s contributions to the Baton Rouge area and surrounding communities have been endless, and he is being recognized for those as well as the difference his leadership has made to the Mid City region, the release said.
One significant impact he made was with Operation Takedown — which demolished blighted buildings and removed them from lots, making room for new Mid City development and revitalization, the release said.
The Legacy Luncheon is MCRA’s annual fundraiser and recognizes the contributions of its partners as it strives to revitalize Mid City, stated the release. Proceeds from the event will be directed to Creative Placemaking, which focuses on cultural community development of the Mid City area.
In 2004, MCRA held its first Legacy Luncheon created to honor an outstanding citizen for his or her work and commitment to the Mid City region. The first honoree was Moody because of her lifetime contribution to the heart of Baton Rouge, stated the release.
Past honorees include Mary Frey Eaton, the Rev. Charles Smith, George Jenne, Thomas Sawyer and Baton Rouge General Medical Center, Pastor Raymond Jetson, Hermann “Buck” Moyse, Elizabeth “Boo” Thomas, Mary Ann Caffery and Mid City Merchants Association, and Dee Dee Culotta.
Baton Rouge General Medical Center is sponsoring the Community of Caring Award, which will be presented to a surprised corporate Mid City partner, and the Cox Communications Gospel Choir will perform during the luncheon.
Tickets are $50 each or $500 for a table of 10. To purchase tickets, call MCRA at (225) 346-1000 or visit midcityredevelop ment.org.