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Fostering Families

More than 250 attended ACCESS’ annual brunch.

Julie Schomp, Madge Schexnaydre, Archbishop Gregory Aymond and Chair Pat Quinlan

Photographed by Jeff Strout

ACCESS celebrated the gift of life with a “Live, Laugh, Love” annual jazz brunch at the Audubon Tea Room.

The brunch began with a special address by His Excellency Archbishop Gregory Aymond. Catholic Charities President and CEO Sister Marjorie Hebert presented the 2017 “Outstanding Pro-Life Parish of the Year” award to Saint Jane de Chantal Parish in Abita Springs. Representatives of the Pro-Life Ministry, Coordinator Loretta Naquin and Neal Naquin, and St. Jane de Chantal Pastor Father Kenneth Allen accepted the honor on behalf of the parish. Father Allen gave remarks in appreciation for this special recognition and presented ACCESS with a donation. CCANO Pro-Life Director Michelle Black received the generous gift. Additionally, Past Board President Lisa Baynham was recognized and thanked for all of her hard work and dedication to ACCESS over the years.

The newly elected ACCESS Board President, Lynn Schonberg, welcomed guests to the brunch. Pat Quinlan served as Chair, coordinating the day’s activities. Co-Chaired by Sheila Spring and Jean Mitchell, this year’s silent auction provided 135 items to entice guests. ACCESS Board members and Archbishop Rummel “Student Ambassadors” handled the bidding for the items, which included artwork, jewelry and sports tickets.

The ACCESS Program is a Pro-Life Pregnancy Center, providing vital complimentary pregnancy support services to New Orleans women and families. The organization also offers a Mobile Unit, which offers education and support, and a Diaper Bank, which distributes more than 100,000 diapers to needy families annually.


EVENT AT A GLANCE

What: “ACCESS Jazz Brunch,” benefiting Catholic Charities
When: Sunday, March 26
Where: Audubon Tea Room

 

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