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.