The Kingsley House annual meeting June 16 featured a presentation by Jessie Rasmussen, CEO of the Buffett Early Childhood Fund.

Rasmussen spoke about how early childhood programs like Kingsley House can help children succeed in education. She also spoke about the Educare Schools and Educare New Orleans, an early childhood program operated by Kingsley House that opened in New Orleans in October.

Awards were given to community leaders, staff and board members who have made a significant impact on Kingsley House throughout the year.

The most distinguished Kingsley House honor, the Rev. Beverley Warner Award, was presented to the Kullman Firm. For more than 30 years, a member of The Kullman Firm has served on the Kingsley House board of directors, beginning with Ernie Malone, followed by Bob Spencer, Mark Klyza and, now, newly elected member Brendan Greene. Throughout that time, the Kullman Firm has made Kingsley House its pro bono client, saving the agency tens of thousands of dollars annually and providing ongoing legal guidance and advice in all areas of labor and employment.

The Eleanor McMain and Bonita Godchaux Book Award was presented to Jessica Harris, recognizing her as a staff member who is continuing her education beyond high school or planning to.

The McMain Citizenship Award went to The Barman’s Fund, as an organization that has demonstrated outstanding service to the community, others and Kingsley House. For the past two years, it has raised money to purchase art supplies for Kingsley House’s summer camp.

The Stern Award went to board member Richard Roth III, as a first-term board member who has made outstanding contributions to Kingsley House and the board of directors.

The Libby Milton Champion for Children Award went to Nancy and Michael Marsiglia, in recognition of their significant accomplishments on behalf of children.