NEW ORLEANS — Fidelity Bank officials presented a check of $15,000 to the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation (LHF) with funds raised from the third-annual P.O.W.E.R. Plates Program. The month-long, regional celebration of women in the hospitality industry that took place in July was part of Fidelity’s “Potential of Women Entrepreneurs Realized” (P.O.W.E.R.) program.
This year, LHF and Fidelity Bank more than tripled the number of participating businesses in the P.O.W.E.R. Plates program by expanding it to a record 67 women-led companies in New Orleans, the Northshore and Baton Rouge. This year’s program was sponsored by Neat Wines. The goal of the program was to raise awareness and drive business to women-led restaurants, hotels and bars across South Louisiana as the hospitality industry continues to recover from the devastating impacts of the COVID pandemic.
“This year was our most successful P.O.W.E.R. Plates Program ever,” said Elizabeth Broekman, Fidelity Bank Director of P.O.W.E.R. “It’s an honor to raise awareness for and to present a check of $15,000 to the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation which provides financial assistance for Louisiana’s hospitality industry workers during emergencies.
During the month of July, guests who visited any of the 65 restaurants and bars enrolled in the program were able to choose the special P.O.W.E.R. Plates featured dish or drink and have $1 donated to the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation. Fidelity Bank matched donations up to $2,500. This year’s grand total of $15,000 is a new record for the annual program launched in 2017.
“Women in Louisiana’s hospitality industry have tremendous talent and provide important leadership for the industry as a whole,” said LHF Executive Director Jennifer Kelley. “Programs like Fidelity Bank’s P.O.W.E.R. are crucial in bringing women to the forefront and highlighting their successes. The funds raised from this year’s program will undoubtedly benefit the amazing women in hospitality.”
Officials say plans are already underway for an expanded 2022 version of P.O.W.E.R. Plates.
About Fidelity Bank
Founded in 1908, Fidelity Bank is an $800 million in assets mutual financial institution chartered by the state of Louisiana. Fidelity Bank provides a full array of banking services, with high integrity and personalized service to communities throughout Southeast Louisiana. Fidelity Bank’s mission is HERE FOR GOOD. Visit Fidelity Bank or www.bankwithfidelity.com. Learn about their exclusive program for women business owners at www.fidelitybankpower.com.
About Louisiana Hospitality Foundation
Founded in 2006, the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation’s mission is to strengthen Louisiana’s hospitality industry through support of individuals within the community. We do this by supporting workforce development programs directly related to our industry; providing access to culinary and hospitality education; working to ensure a positive perception of Louisiana’s hospitality industry; and providing financial assistance and/or guidance to people in the hospitality industry during times of crisis.
Since its inception, the Foundation has distributed over $4.7 million in support of its mission. These funds are raised through generous donations and proceeds raised through signature fundraising events including Horses, Hops and Cops, the Fidelity Bank Champions Club at Zurich Classic, the Gold Medal Chefs Gala & Hospitality Awards, and Santa’s Kitchen.