The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank was recognized as a 4-Star Charity by Charity Navigator, an independent charity evaluator.

The top rating means a charity exceeds industry standards and outperforms most charities in its cause. Charity Navigator determines the overall rating of a nonprofit based on its financial health, accountability and transparency.

Stanley J. Lamendola, who was the assistant director of Louisiana’s 4-H State Office when he retired from the LSU Agricultural Center in 1996 and worked in extension for more than three decades, will be inducted into the National 4-H Hall of Fame in October.

He will be among 16 inductees and is being recognized for his passion for 4-H and positive youth development throughout his 33-year career with the LSU AgCenter.

Growing up, Lamendola was a member of his 4-H club in St. James Parish. He started his extension career as a 4-H agent in Avoyelles Parish and later held positions including community resource development agent, district agent and assistant director for field operations and 4-H youth development. As assistant director, Lamendola sought to expand the use of Camp Grant Walker, the AgCenter’s 4-H facility in Pollock.


Holly and Smith Architects, based in New Orleans and Hammond, received a Merit Award from the Gulf States region of the American Institute of Architects for Monroe Hall at Loyola University.

The hall, where more than 40 percent of undergraduate courses take place, underwent a $93 million renovation.

The project provides new chemistry, physics and biology laboratories for Loyola’s College of Humanities and Natural Sciences, as well as a 3,000-square-foot rooftop greenhouse. It also is a new home to the College of Music and Fine Arts’ theater arts and dance and visual arts departments, with design and studio art spaces and theater arts space.

Tulane Medical Center has received the Mission: Lifeline Silver Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks.

Tulane Medical Center earned the award by meeting specific criteria and standards of performance for the quick and appropriate treatment of patients by providing emergency procedures to re-establish blood flow to blocked arteries when needed.


Quality Companies USA, a Youngsville oil and gas contractor operating in the Gulf of Mexico and throughout the U.S., has earned international ISO 9001:2008 certification for quality management systems.

Quality Companies USA is made up of Quality Construction and Production, Quality Production Management and Traco Production Services.


The Louisiana Bar Foundation has named as fellows Judge Glenn B. Ansardi, with the 24th Judicial District Court in Gretna; Alaina E. Brandhurst, an attorney with Morris Bart LLC in New Orleans; Judge Barron C. Burmaster, with the Jefferson Parish Juvenile Court; Judge Madeline Jasmine with the 40th Judicial District Court in Edgard; Judge Timothy S. Marcel with the 29th Judicial District Court in Hahnville; Michael W. Rutledge, an attorney with Salley Hite Mercer & Resor LLC in New Orleans; Deidre D. Robert, an attorney with Deidre D. Robert & Associates in Baton Rouge; Judge Kirk A. Williams with Baker City Court; and Ta-Tanisha T. Youngblood, an attorney with Youngblood Law Firm LLC in Baton Rouge.

The nonprofit foundation assists indigent citizens with legal needs and promotes equal justice.

The Louisiana Restaurant Association has named as its 2016 Restaurateurs of the Year cousins Ti Martin and Lally Brennan, co-proprietors of Commander’s Palace, SoBou, Café Adelaide and the Swizzle Stick Bar in New Orleans and Brennan’s of Houston.

The association’s 2016 Hall of Fame inductees, both posthumously, are chef Paul Prudhomme, of K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen and Magic Seasoning Blends, and Jerry Amato, of Mother’s Restaurant in New Orleans, recognizing their lifelong contributions to the state’s restaurant industry.

The association also named as its Associate Member of the Year, Tammy Smitherman-Breaux, Louisiana division manager of Heartland Payment Systems, recognizing a restaurant industry supplier; Advocate of the Year Rep. Kirk Talbot, who represents District 78 based in Jefferson Parish in the Louisiana House of Representatives and is co-owner of hot dog company Lucky Dogs LLC, for supporting the advocacy efforts of the association and its partner industries

The Louisiana Restaurant Association Education Fund named Traci Martin, of Ascension Parish ProStart, as its ProStart Educator of the Year.