NEW ORLEANS —More than 350 guests attended the Jefferson Chamber’s Inaugural Awards Gala at City Park’s Arbor Room on April 5.

The gala recognized the 100 charter members who helped start the Chamber in 1997 and celebrated its recent achievement: Four-star accreditation from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Warner Thomas, Ochsner Health System’s chief executive officer, represented the company as presenting sponsor of the gala. Johnny Domiano, Partner, Adams and Reese LLP are leading the program as the 2013 chamber chairman.

The awards gala is a new take on the Chamber’s past annual meetings and the first time it has been held outside Jefferson Parish. The gala featured live music, dancing, video presentations, a photo booth and more than 70 items for silent auction.

The Jefferson Chamber works on behalf of members to help their businesses grow, implement relevant and informative programming and provide opportunities to build relationships with other businesses in the community.