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CYP hosts 9th annual Black Tie & Blue Jeans Gala

Warren Conway, accepting a 2016 "Forever Young" award. (Photo source: WLOX) Warren Conway, accepting a 2016 "Forever Young" award. (Photo source: WLOX)

For the ninth year in a row, the Coast Young Professionals are honoring 10 accomplished and influential mentors on the Coast. 

The June 8 Black Tie & Blue Jeans Gala at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Biloxi will feature both networking and music.

According to the organization, "Coast Young Professionals have nominated several of their mentors for the Forever Young award. Forever Young candidates are persons of professional integrity who exemplify the spirit of service to their professions and who have, by their leadership, made a significant contribution to the advancement of a Coast Young Professionals Member's career through mentoring."

The following nominees will receive the 2017 "Forever Young" award:

  • Renee Areng, Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast
  • Cindy DeFrances, Lynn Meadows Discovery Center
  • Lori Harper, Ingalls Shipbuilding
  • Edmond E. Hughes, Jr., Ingalls Shipbuilding
  • Eric Kravette, The First, A National Banking Association
  • Rachel Leggitt, Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce, Inc.
  • Chipper McDermott, City of Pass Christian
  • Thad McIntyre, PowerMark Properties
  • Dr. Steven G. Miller, The University of Southern Mississippi
  • Tommy Murphy, Mississippi Power
  • Amber Olsen, Nextaff Gulf Coast
  • Joy Lambert Phillips, Hancock Bank
  • Kady Beaoui Pietz, The University of Southern Mississippi
  • Dorothy Roberts, Robin’s Nest in the Pass 
  • Kathy Springer, Merit Health Biloxi
  • Dr. Carmen Walters, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College
  • Clay Williams, Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport
  • Elmer Williams, Community Bank

Tickets for the gala are $40 each, and include admission, heavy hor d'oeuvres, a photobooth, and a chase bar.

On May 11, the community is invited to attend Forever Young Insights, a discussion from past award recipients and their experiences as young professionals. 

For ticket information to either event, contact CYP Director Olivia Munn at 228-604-0014, or

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