John Georges portrait

John Georges (Advocate archive)

Crimestoppers' Greater New Orleans chapter will award its highest recognition for philanthropy to New Orleans businessman and Advocate owner John Georges next week, the crime prevention organization announced Monday.

In a statement, Crimestoppers said it has received support for more than two decades from Georges, who has proven "instrumental in many community initiatives promoting public safety and a better quality of life."

The organization also said Georges helped raise funds for rewards offered to citizens whose tips help solve crimes and collaborated with local government leaders to push for legislation that assisted Crimestoppers' mission.

"This is a legacy worth honoring, and we are grateful that he has accepted our nomination," Crimestoppers Executive Director Darlene Cusanza said about Georges.

The award Georges is set to receive during Crimestoppers' annual award luncheon is named after James "Jimmy" Coleman Sr., a prominent business leader and civic activist in New Orleans who died in 2007. Georges was a member of Crimestoppers' trustee advisory board when it was under the chairmanship of Coleman, who founded International Tank Terminals.

Coleman was the grandfather of Georges' wife, Dathel Georges, who co-owns The Advocate.

The award luncheon is set for March 15 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in the Central Business District.