Propeller Club honors its maritime person of the year _lowres

Photo provided by Propeller Club New Orleans—From left are Stephen Perry, president and CEO of the New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau; Gary LaGrange, president and CEO of the Port of New Orleans; Arnold W. Donald; Robert R. Barkerding Jr., committee chairman; and Sean Duffy, president of the Propeller Club Port of New Orleans.

The Propeller Club of the Port of New Orleans honored Arnold W. Donald, president and CEO of Carnival Corp., as its maritime person of the year during a gala Oct. 22 at the New Orleans Hilton Riverside.

Donald, a graduate of St. Augustine High School, entered the banquet in the Napoleon Ballroom to the sound of that school’s brass band playing “When the Saints Go Marching In.”

The three-course meal was served on tables with floral centerpieces of fall foliage. The menu included crawfish mirliton bisque, grilled tenderloin of beef with sauce Merlot, potatoes and clip-top carrots and molten lava cake.

Among those at the gala were Frank Courtenay and Gary LaGrange, formerly honored as the club’s maritime people of the year; Capt. Philip C. Schifflin, U.S. Coast Guard sector commander for New Orleans; Capt. Wayne Arguin, USCG deputy sector commander; Lt. Cmdr. Jamie Gatz, waterways management chief for Coast Guard Sector New Orleans; and Jeff Dutton, acting special agent in charge for the FBI. Frank Courtenay gave the invocation.