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People & Places

Oct. 30, 2012
 

MS Dinner of Champions Honors Paul Moak, Jr.

The Alabama-Mississippi Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society held its annual MS Dinner of Champions honoring Paul Moak Jr., president and CEO of Paul Moak Automotive, Inc., with the society’s highest award, the HOPE Award, recently at The Country Club of Jackson. More than 300 local business and civic leaders gathered to honor “one of their own” and raised $102,415 that will help fund research for a cure and programs and services offered by the National MS Society.

The MS Dinner of Champions is an annual event that honors Jackson’s civic and business leaders while mobilizing people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of those affected by MS. Business and civic leaders including members of the National MS Society Leadership Board spearheaded the dinner. In addition to recognizing contributions of local leaders, this fundraising event is pivotal to the National MS Society’s vision of creating a world free of MS.

This year’s event featured a cocktail reception, gourmet dinner, silent auction, special guest speakers and the presentation of the prestigious HOPE Award to honoree, Paul Moak Jr.

Since joining the family business in 1971, Paul G. Moak Jr. has followed in the footsteps of his late father, Paul G. Moak Sr., by serving the Jackson community through his active involvement in civic and automotive organizations. Paul served as president of The Andrew Jackson Council of The Boy Scouts of America, The Trust at Mississippi Baptist Medical Center, Jackson Academy, Mid-Mississippi Honda Dealers Advertising Association, Jackson Automobile Dealers Association, Mississippi Automobile Dealers Association, and MS Diversified Life Insurance Company. Also, Paul has served on numerous boards of directors for organizations including Northside YMCA, Junior Achievement, Better Business Bureau of Mississippi, Inc., Willowood Developmental Center, The Salvation Army and the United Way of the Capital Area. He also served on the advisory board of Horne, LLP and the Mayor’s Task Force on Business for the City of Jackson. In 2011, Paul served as chairman of the Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership.

Moak is currently serving on the Board of Directors of Mission First, Mississippi College, Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership, Hospice Ministries, Inc., First Commercial Bank and MADA/Self Insurers Fund.

Among his many professional accomplishments, Paul has received awards in the automotive industry including Buick Motor Division’s Best in Class Award in 1997; GMC’s 5 Star Performer Award in 1997; Pontiac Master Award for 16 years in the program’s 25 year history; Pontiac-GMC Leaders of Distinction Award in 1997 and 1998; Volvo’s Dealer of Excellence award in 1991; and Time Magazine’s Quality Dealer Award and selected as a Top 5 Finalist in the Nation in 2000. This is the same award presented to his father in 1969. The Time Magazine Quality Dealer Award is one of the highest honors in the automotive industry and focuses on a dealer’s involvement in the business, commitment to the industry and involvement in the community.

Paul G. Moak Jr. is an active member of First Baptist Church of Jackson where he serves as a deacon, Sunday school worker and on several committees. He is married to the former Jeanne Howie Montgomery, of Jackson. They have two children and four grandchildren. In April 2012, Paul Moak Automotive, Inc. celebrated 66 years of serving Jackson and central Mississippi.

The National MS Society, Alabama – Mississippi Chapter would like to thank our 2012 MS Dinner of Champions Committee for their service: Committee Co-Chairs Peter Jernberg and Alan Walters; Honorary Chair, Duane O’Neill; Vice Chairs Alon Bee, Lindsay Buford, Paul Calhoun, Tommy Darnell, Mike Dowell, Ralph Lord, David W. Mockbee, Dr. Ron Mumbower, Douglas C. Rule, Jeanne M. Scarbrough and Roy Ward. Among the MS Dinner of Champions corporate donors were Gold Sponsors Jackson Heart Clinic, First Commercial Bank and BlueCross BlueShield of Mississippi.

Ballet Magnificat! Presents Snow Queen at Thalia Mara Hall

“Snow Queen,” featuring Kathy Thibodeaux in the title role and inspired by the Hans Christian Andersen classic, will be brought to the stage by Ballet Magnificat! next month. The innovative production draws audiences of all ages into a world where a splinter of glass has the power to change the hearts of men as the audience is taken on a journey with a young girl who fearlessly faces the fury of the Snow Queen with boldness, bravery and love. Sue Lobrano, Executive Director of the USA IBC says, “This is a must see . . . amazing costumes, delightful . . . exciting moments that are created with the theatrical elements of Broadway.” This fast-moving production stands strong on a cast of over 165 dancers, enhanced by powerful choreography, creative costuming and bigger-than-life sets and scenery. After 25 years of touring and performing around the globe, Ballet Magnificat! dared to dream . . . and created the largest production in its history, SNOW QUEEN! Premiering in 2011, it returns to the stage of Thalia Mara Hall, Jackson, MS, December 14 – 16. Tickets: balletmagnificat.com or call 601-977-1001.

Ballet Magnificat! - America’s premier Christian ballet company - loves to come home each December to celebrate the Christmas season in their hometown, Jackson. This year, they present the highly acclaimed Snow Queen. Envisioned and choreographed by Ballet Magnificat!’s Artistic Director Kathy Thibodeaux and Resident Choreographer Jiri Voborsky, Snow Queen is an intriguing look at an old Hans Christian Andersen tale rewritten to reflect the faith and heart of Ballet Magnificat!.

Thalia Mara was the location of last year’s premier of the ballet, and because of its unique style and grand presentation, it has been quite the buzz around town. Jackson remains the only location of a SNOW QUEEN performance, although interest is beginning to stir in the theatrical community. This innovative dance production draws audiences into a world where a splinter of glass has the power to change the hearts of men. The ballet tells the tale of a young boy captured by the Snow Queen, who tries to distort the hearts and minds of men by manipulating their view of God and His creation. His best friend, a young girl, ventures on a journey to save him and stop the evil Snow Queen while surviving supernatural ordeals before they are reunited. Ultimately, in the end, there is victory of the light over darkness.

When asked about the project, Voborsky exclaims, “I believe that this ballet is unique, breathtaking, powerful, and yes – a world class production. With Snow Queen, we are more daring, unreserved, and braver, then ever before. Kathy and I continue to dream big – seeing this production as the ballet version of epics such as Narnia – filled with fantastic and moving pictures painted by the artists of Ballet Magnificat! companies, our trainees, and the School of the Arts students. It’s only August, but we have begun rehearsals – there are mountains of work ahead of us until that curtain lifts - but our excitement grows each day as this creation continues to take shape in the studios,

Jackson Eye Associates Doctor Moves To Clinton Office

Jackson Eye Associates’ Dr. Glenn Herrington has moved from the JEA Jackson location to its Clinton office. Dr. Herrington is a native of Canton and a graduate of Millsaps College. He received his medical degree from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine and performed a fellowship in glaucoma at the LSU Eye Center in 1991.

Dr. Herrington is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, New Orleans Academy of Ophthalmology, Jackson Ophthalmologic Society, American Medical Association, Mississippi State Medical Association, Central Medical Society and the La.-Miss. Otolaryngology and Ophthalmology Association. He was also a clinical instructor at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine department of ophthalmology and has had several articles published in the Archives of Ophthalmology and Ophthalmic Surgery.

Jackson Eye Associates is the largest ophthalmology practice in Mississippi, with 12 highly trained ophthalmologists on staff. JEA offers comprehensive eye care as well as an optical boutique at each of its three locations in Jackson, Clinton and Madison. For more information, visit jacksoneye.com, call 601.353.2020, or find us on Facebook.

CMMC Names new Critical Care/Cath Lab Director

Joyce Neville, RN, BSN of Opelousas, La. has joined Central Mississippi Medical Center (CMMC) as Critical Care/Cath Lab Director. At CMMC, she will oversee the ICU, Cath Lab/Outpatient Care Unit and Cardiac Rehabilitation.

Neville has more than 25 years of nursing leadership experience in all aspects of critical care. At her former hospital she was promoted from staff nurse to ICU director and CNO in 2001, moving into the CNO role full-time in 2005. Under her leadership, the hospital was recognized for a number of quality care and constituency satisfaction achievements, including the Louisiana Hospital Quality Awards- gold in 2009 and bronze in 2008.

Neville earned her bachelor of science degree in nursing from the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Ill, and is in the process of completing her master’s degree in health care administration.

“Joyce is passionate about quality and customer service,” CMMC Chief Nursing Officer Lorie Ramsey said. “She has a proven track record of building teams and enhancing satisfaction with all constituents, so we know she is a great fit for CMMC.”

Mississippi Opera Introduces 68th Season With Gala

Mississippi Opera, the nation’s tenth oldest continuously operating opera company, is introducing its 68th season with A Gala Concert - A World of Opera at the Wesley Biblical Seminary, 787 East Northside Drive, November 17th at 7:30 p.m.

You will enjoy your favorite operatic pieces from around the world performed by an all-star cast, including Shelly Garlotte, Heather Clancy, John Bellemer, Constantinos Yiannoudes and the Mississippi Opera Chorus.

Opera lovers of all ages are invited to “come with us as we tour the world via music!” And what a tour—from Venice, Italy (Tales of Hoffman); from Seville, Spain (Carmen); from Sicily (Cavalleria Rusticana); from Germany (Tannhauser); from Nagasaki, Japan (Madama Butterfly). Selections from these opera classics will display local and visiting talent and will surely please opera lovers everywhere.


Tickets are general admission ($45, regular, $40, seniors 65+ and $10 for students). To purchase tickets, please call the Mississippi Opera office at 601-960-2300.

Ballet Mississippi Performs The Nutcracker for 30th Season

Ballet Mississippi is celebrating 30 years of its production of The Nutcracker. The anniversary performances will be held at Thalia Mara Hall in downtown Jackson on December 1 at 7:30 p.m. and December 2 at 2 p.m. Returning to the Jackson stage, as special guest, is USA International Ballet Competition medalist Joseph Gatti and his partner Adiarys Almeida, both of Boston Ballet.

In addition to the annual performances, several special events are being held to commemorate the anniversary. On November 18, Ballet Mississippi will present a sneak peek of the holiday classic at the Madison Square Center for the Arts at 2 p.m. Following the performance, the audience will have the opportunity to mingle with Nutcracker characters and feast on delectable desserts from area restaurants at the Land of the Sweets Celebration.

On December 1, a champagne reception will be held after the performance to honor sponsors and to celebrate Ballet Mississippi’s 30th Nutcracker. This adult-only party will feature champagne, desserts by Mangia Bene and live music.

On Sunday December 2, the Ballet Mississippi Guild will play host to the ever-popular Sugar Plum Fairy’s Tea Party at the Mississippi Museum of Art, prior to the matinee performance. The tea party will include a seated lunch by Chef Louis LaRose of the Palette Café, plus live musical entertainment. Party favors from Dancing Divas and photo opportunities with Nutcracker characters make this event extra special!

This holiday classic has dazzled young and old alike for 30 years, with spectacular sets, costumes, music and dancing. It truly is a magical Mississippi tradition! For tickets, visit www.balletms.com or call 800.595.4849 (4TIX).

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