THE ICON: Diana Lewis
THE LEGACY: Born to parents who were civic volunteers, Diana Lewis started volunteering as a Junior League member. From there, she just kept on going, because she wanted to be around for her three children and because she relished the luxury of being able to move easily from one organization to another after a few years. A winner of The Times-Picayune Loving Cup for 1998, her causes have included education, housing, the Girl Scouts, philanthropy and Kingsley House. She summed up her philosophy in an interview: “We can and should all make a difference in someone’s life.” In honor of her decades of service, the Committee for a Better New Orleans established the Diana Lewis Citizen Participation Award.
THE ARTIST: Maddie Stratton
THE INSPIRATION: “She’s very focused. Involved in as many things as she is, it’s mind-boggling that she’s able to do as much as she does.” — Jim Brandt, former president/CEO of the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana and the Bureau of Governmental Research