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Dianne Baham, 2017 DKA recipient and leader of STARC of Louisiana is just one shining example of worthiness.

Dianne Baham, 2017 DKA recipient and leader of STARC of Louisiana is just one shining example of worthiness.


The Northshore Community Foundation is proud to award the Dick Knight Award, in honor of the late Richard F. “Dick” Knight, a founding and beloved board member. The annual $5,000 Award will recognize an individual for his or her commitment and service to the charitable, nonprofit sector in the four parish Northshore region. The spirit of the award is to recognize nonprofit staff who have significant tenure in service-based work and have a body of accomplishments that reflect success through diligence, commitment, resiliency, vision, and excellence.

“Dick’s quiet, steady leadership, authenticity and commitment to service were invaluable assets to our organization and the entire region,” said Susan Bonnett Bourgeois, CEO of the Foundation. “We can think of no better way to honor his legacy than by giving back to other dedicated members of this philanthropic and service community. The Foundation is grateful to Dick’s family for increasing the significance of this award by allowing us to issue it in his name.”

The award must be used for personal enrichment and cannot be donated back to any nonprofit. The Foundation would like to thank Resource Bank, the Gia Maione Prima Foundation and the Fund for Bogalusa for the contributions to making this years award possible. To be eligible, the nominee must be a current staff member of a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization operating in St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Washington and St. Helena Parishes. Community members may submit nominations of qualified candidates, as names of the nominators are not disclosed. The Selection Committee, consisting of board members of the Foundation and other community leaders, vote and submit their recommendation to the Foundation’s Board of Directors for final approval.

The award is announced annually in conjunction with the Foundation’s Board meeting. The recipient will also be publicly recognized at the Annual Meeting of the Northshore Community Foundation in the Spring of the following year.