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Katrina III anniversary program celebrates helping and hope

August 22, 2008

The heroic events directly following Hurricane Katrina will be celebrated at Loyola University New Orleans during an anniversary program called Katrina III: Stories of Helping and Hope. The program takes place Friday, August 29, at 7 p.m., in Roussel Performance Hall on Loyola’s main campus. Admission is free and open to the public.

Katrina III will feature the courageous story of and an appearance by Molly the Pony and her owner Kay Harris; the uplifting sounds of Shades of Praise gospel choir; and the heroic stories of first responders, many witnessed by Chaplain Joe Cull, of The McFarland Institute, who has been assigned to the New Orleans Police Department since 2004.

Cull and Kathleen O’Gorman, an associate professor of religion and education in Loyola’s College of Social Sciences, are the program’s creative directors.

“We wanted to create a program that showcased all of the good that transpired immediately following the hurricane,” Cull said. “So many acts of generosity took place during this period. We wanted to remember the storm not for the devastation it caused, but for the profound humanity that resulted from it.”

"We seek to offer a perspective that will highlight the heroic and resilient spirit of the people of New Orleans and those who came to our aid in the immediate aftermath of Katrina,” O’Gorman said.

Other first responders will be on hand to recount their stories, including NOPD Officer Kevin Thomas, who was shot in the chaotic aftermath of the storm; Dr. Juliette Saussy, director of New Orleans Emergency Medical Services; and Kathryn Destreza and Loretta Lambert of the Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Photojournalist Tracie Morris Schaefer will exhibit her work, “Why I Stayed,” in the Roussel lobby. Additionally, NOPD Sargeant Troy Lyles will sing “His Eye is on the Sparrow.”

Loyola’s Larry Lorenz, the A. Louis Read Distinguished Professor of Mass Communication in the College of Social Sciences, will serve as the event’s master of ceremonies.

Kentwood Spring Water and Wal-Mart, notable resources during the storm’s recovery, has generously donated water and snacks for the event.

For more information, contact Sean Snyder in the Office of Public Affairs at smsnyder@loyno.edu or call (504) 861-5882.

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