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THE ANGEL AWARD®

The one-hour special honors ordinary Louisianans doing extraordinary things for children.


Louisiana Public Broadcasting, in partnership with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation, presents The Angel Award®, a one-hour special. This is the first time the program aired statewide in the award’s 26-year history. Additionally, the program livestreamed online at www.lpb.org, on the LPB App, and on the Facebook pages of both LPB and the Foundation.

The Foundation normally hosts the honorees at a live gala event, but decided in favor of a broadcast program this year, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Angel Award® is presented to nine everyday Louisianans who are working to make life better for the state’s children. The program features segments on each of the honorees that showcases their efforts and allow viewers to see first-hand the impact that work has on children.

This year’s honorees were chosen from more than 150 nominations submitted from across Louisiana and each receives a $25,000 grant to the nonprofit of their choice to support their work.


Meet The Honorees

Ben Bowie of Lafayette, who has faithfully volunteered at the Children’s Museum of Acadiana for 14 years and served as a father figure and mentor to hundreds of children and dozens of junior staff members. At 97, Bowie is also the oldest Louisianian to be recognized with The Angel Award.

Ben Bowie of Lafayette, who has faithfully volunteered at the Children’s Museum of Acadiana for 14 years and served as a father figure and mentor to hundreds of children and dozens of junior staff members. At 97, Bowie is also the oldest Louisianian to be recognized with The Angel Award.

Sarah Broome of Baton Rouge, the founder and executive director of Thrive Academy, a boarding school where children who face challenges in other school settings can get the attention and resources they need to succeed.

Sarah Broome of Baton Rouge, the founder and executive director of Thrive Academy, a boarding school where children who face challenges in other school settings can get the attention and resources they need to succeed.

Dr. Marybeth Lima of Baton Rouge, a professor of biological & agricultural engineering at Louisiana State University and founder of the LSU Community Playground Project, which collaborates with communities to design, raise money for and build playgrounds in places where disinvestment has left a gap in safe, equitable play.

Dr. Marybeth Lima of Baton Rouge, a professor of biological & agricultural engineering at Louisiana State University and founder of the LSU Community Playground Project, which collaborates with communities to design, raise money for and build playgrounds in places where disinvestment has left a gap in safe, equitable play.

Dr. Calvin Mackie of New Orleans, the founder and CEO of STEM NOLA, whose mission is to create innovators, creators, and entrepreneurs through inspiration, engagement, and exposure to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) engaging and empowering thousands of young people each year.

Dr. Calvin Mackie of New Orleans, the founder and CEO of STEM NOLA, whose mission is to create innovators, creators, and entrepreneurs through inspiration, engagement, and exposure to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) engaging and empowering thousands of young people each year.

Lucinda Miles of Shreveport, crisis program coordinator with Volunteers for Youth Justice has pioneered new methods of trauma-informed care for foster children including the use of Trust-Based Relational Intervention® methods, along with creating an innovative Calming Studio at the Caddo Parish Juvenile Court.

Lucinda Miles of Shreveport, crisis program coordinator with Volunteers for Youth Justice has pioneered new methods of trauma-informed care for foster children including the use of Trust-Based Relational Intervention® methods, along with creating an innovative Calming Studio at the Caddo Parish Juvenile Court.

Johnny Robinson of Monroe, NFL Hall-of-Famer and founder of Johnny Robinson’s Boys Home, which provides residential care, counselling, mentoring and community-based support for young men who have interacted with the juvenile justice system.

Johnny Robinson of Monroe, NFL Hall-of-Famer and founder of Johnny Robinson’s Boys Home, which provides residential care, counselling, mentoring and community-based support for young men who have interacted with the juvenile justice system.

Levar Robinson of Baton Rouge, the founder of Fathers on a Mission, a network of fathers who provide mentoring for young people without fathers, as well as supportive training for other dads in order to promote engaged fatherhood as a pathway to bright futures for children.

Levar Robinson of Baton Rouge, the founder of Fathers on a Mission, a network of fathers who provide mentoring for young people without fathers, as well as supportive training for other dads in order to promote engaged fatherhood as a pathway to bright futures for children.

Syrita Steib of New Orleans, the founder of Operation Restoration, a rapidly-growing organization that supports currently and formerly incarcerated women and girls through vital services, helping women and families access food, shelter, transportation, employment opportunities, childcare and much more.

Syrita Steib of New Orleans, the founder of Operation Restoration, a rapidly-growing organization that supports currently and formerly incarcerated women and girls through vital services, helping women and families access food, shelter, transportation, employment opportunities, childcare and much more.

David Longstreet of Baton Rouge, a volunteer with Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA). BACA riders support children who have been victims of abuse by showing up as friends, mentors and guardian angels. Their tough image gives courage to children facing dire circumstances. David is this year’s “Blue Angel,” an award given to an employee of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana who has shown extraordinary commitment to children. BACA will receive a $10,000 grant in Longstreet’s name.

David Longstreet of Baton Rouge, a volunteer with Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA). BACA riders support children who have been victims of abuse by showing up as friends, mentors and guardian angels. Their tough image gives courage to children facing dire circumstances. David is this year’s “Blue Angel,” an award given to an employee of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana who has shown extraordinary commitment to children. BACA will receive a $10,000 grant in Longstreet’s name.


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