The Pinnacle Light of Hope Breakfast and Awards Celebration was sponsored by the Pinnacle Entertainment Foundation and was held on December 1, 2017 at L’Auberge Casino Resort. Jessica Saxby, Candice Young, Britney Glaser, and Joyce Alexander were each honored with the Pinnacle Light of Hope award.


Jessica Saxby

Jessica Saxby a native of Lake Charles, attended McNeese State University where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications with a concentration in Public Relations.

Jessica began her career in media as the promotions director for KVHP Fox29 & The CW. She later began working as the Internal Communication & Community Relations Manager for L’Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles where she has been a member of the team for 4 years.

Jessica began her work with the community during her time at L’Auberge. She is a member of the Children’s Advocacy Center Advisory Council and a member of the Women’s Business Network Advisory Council.

In her career Jessica has had the opportunity to volunteer with several organizations and events such as community awareness walks, Bowl for Kid’s Sake, and other various initiatives that give back to the community.  

Jessica enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She and her husband Garren are looking forward to welcoming their first child into the world this February. And now more than ever she knows the importance of providing a safe and bright future for all children in Southwest Louisiana.

Candice Young

Candice Young, is also a native of Lake Charles, LA and an Alumni of McNeese State University where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Marketing.

Candice began her marketing career in Orlando, Florida working for the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center before returning home in 2011 and joining the L’Auberge team as Executive Assistant to the Sr. Vice President and General Manager.

Candice volunteers for walkathons and many other major community events. She has also been a member of the Children’s Advocacy Center Advisory Council since 2013.

Jessica and Candice work as a team spearheading major charitable events such as; Building for Bucks, partnering with Lake Charles Charter Academy to start Teaching Garden’s through the American Heart Association, participating in the Ethel Precht HOPE Breast Cancer Foundation, and participating in the Annual Toys for Tots Christmas Toy Drive. Not to mention one of the most successful events for Family & Youth and L’Auberge, Tasting on the Terrace; this sold out event began in 2010 and for the last seven years has raised thousands of dollars on behalf of the many children who have been sexually and physically abused.

Britney Glaser
Britney works diligently to advocate on behalf of children in foster care, to ensure that each of these children find loving homes whether that means being placed with relatives or eventually being adopted into a wonderful family. Britney and her husband, Matt Felder, opened their home to a child in need and are currently in the process of adopting their foster son.

She has received several awards because of her dedication to children in foster care. Her monthly feature “The New Family Tree” which highlights local children in foster care who are ready to be adopted earned her the 2014 Media Advocate for Adoption Award and the 2015 Hector San Miguel Memorial Award.

Britney has received numerous other awards throughout her career including; the Michael E. DeBakey Award for Journalism from the Foundation for Biomedical Research, two awards from the Louisiana State Medical Society and five awards presented by the Louisiana Associated Press.

Britney began her media career as a teen reporter with KPLC when she was 16 years old and hasn’t stopped since. She studied mass communications at LSU where she worked for Tiger TV, the campus television station. She also interned at WBRZ in Baton Rouge, The New York Times, CBS News, and with organizations in Washington, D.C., and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. She returned to KPLC after graduating in 2006. She left for two year stint as a weekend anchor and evening reported at KCEN in Waco, Texas. She finally made her way back to KPLC in 2012 and rejoined the Sunrise News Team as a morning anchor and health reporter.

Outside of the newsroom, and beyond her work with children in foster care Britney is a supporter of many other organizations and causes in SWLA including; the Ad & Press Club of SWLA, Veteran’s Programs in both Dry Creek and Lake Charles, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, Dancing Classrooms Mad Hot Ballroom, and many more.

Joyce Alexander

Joyce Alexander lives in Sulphur, LA with her husbandd Bryan Alexander. Joyce retired from Lake Charles LNG, where she first heard about and volunteered for Family & Youth. She opened her heart to helping children in foster care in 2012. During her time as a volunteer she has helped 5 children in the system, one of which she has been assigned to for over four years. She has driven 5,118 miles on behalf of these children and has dedicated 958 hours to serving and advocating for them.

Outside of her work with CASA, Joyce is an advocate for Family & Youth and all of its other programs as well and she participates in several of Family & Youth’s fundraising events such as the eGala Online Auction and Tasting on the Terrace.

Elsewhere in the community Joyce is an active member of St. Teresa Catholic Church and a supporter of Rouge et Blanc. She is also a member of Krewe de Bon Coeur.

Congratulations to our recipients!


(L to R) Julio R. Galan, President & CEO of Family & Youth; Britney Glazer, Light of Hope Recipient;
Jessica Saxby, Light of Hope Recipient; Mayor Randy Roach, Joyce Alexander, Light of Hope Recipient; and Mark Hanudel, Chair of Family & Youth’s Board of Directors.