Gulf Coast Culture and Heritage Day


Members of Leadership Gulf Coast have a better idea of the area’s rich history of culture after activities in Biloxi.
It was a day devoted to the Coast’s culture and heritage, enjoyed by 38 people who were all part of a leadership class aiming to learn more about the people and heritage that makes up our Gulf Coast. Enjoying historic Slavonian pastries called pusharatas was just one stop for the day filled with tours, speakers, panels and lots of food reflecting the cultures found on the Coast.
Biloxi Mayor Andrew ‘FoFo’ Gilich tells News 25 the seafood industry is a major reason why many people settled here. “That was the need for labor that brought these immigrants to Biloxi and became the seafood capital of the world. That whole story is our story.”
This is just one of the eight one-day sessions Leadership Gulf Coast participates in.

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Gina Tomlinson could not be happier to sink her feet into the sandy shores of the Gulf Coast. Gina graduated from Central Michigan University where she reported for the student-operated sports show and award winning news station. During her time at CMU, she majored in broadcasting arts and has a double minor in journalism and sports management. Gina interned at WZZM 13 in Grand Rapids. She fell even more in love with her passion for broadcasting while obtaining skills and techniques she now utilizes at WXXV. When she’s not at work, Gina likes to do yoga, volunteer, rock climb, dance, swim, bike, run, eat ice cream, read, wakeboard, kayak, hike and explore the Gulf Coast. To Gina, life is an adventure and she is overjoyed to be starting her career at News 25.