Saving fatherless boys
Apr 18, 2018
Bivian “Sonny” Lee III/ Exec Dir-Son of a Saint
Saving fatherless boys
As President/Executive Director of Son of a Saint, Bivian "Sonny" Lee III has dedicated his life to enhancing the lives of fatherless boys.  Prior to founding the organization, Sonny served as chief aide to Tom Benson, owner of the New Orleans Saints and the New Orleans Pelicans.  He was previously the Director of Operations for the New Orleans Zephyrs AAA Baseball Team and Director of the New Orleans Jazz Institute.
 
Sonny graduated with honors from St. Augustine High School and later earned a degree in Marketing and Management from the University of New Orleans.  a TEDx speaker on community service, decision-making and the importance of education, Sonny's nonprofit work has been highlighted on CNN, Al Jazeera America, NPR and local television stations and newspapers.  His work on behalf of the community and the Son of a Saint organization has garnered him numerous awards, including:
 
  • 2017 Southerners of the Year, Southern Living
  • 2017 Role Model Award, Young Leadership Council (YLC)
  • 2017 Children's Hero Award, Children's Bureau of New Orleans 
  • 2016 New Orleanian of the Year, Gambit Weekly
  • 2015 Angel Award, Blue Cross Foundation
  • 2015 Ten Outstanding Young Americans, United States Junior Chamber
  • 2014 People to Watch, New Orleans Magazine
  • 2013 FBI Director's Comunity Leadership Award
  • 2013 Champion of Change Award, Crescent City Chapter of Links, Inc.
  • 2013 Millenial Change Maker Award, Spears Consulting
  • 2011 40 Under 40, Gambit Weekly
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