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Support for Special Needs

St. Michael Special School raised funds to allow students to reach their full potential.

Jean and Committee Member Darlene Cohen with Co-Chairs Robyn and Scott Guidry

Photographed by Kenny Martinez

The “Blue Rose Ball” raised funds to support operations of St. Michael Special School, which provides education and attention to 204 students from diverse backgrounds throughout metro New Orleans. In the 2017-2018 academic year, 27 students are new to the school; this is the highest admission since Hurricane Katrina. Tuition to attend the school covers less than 50 percent of the per capita cost to educate each student, making the community support for this event invaluable.

Archbishop Gregory Aymond delivered the invocation and acknowledged faculty, administration and parents by inviting them to stand. “These are the people who keep this school going,” he said as he praised the work of St. Michael as the only school of its kind.

President and Principal Tish Sauerhoff spoke about the importance of providing a place where students are able to learn and be academically challenged as well as find belonging and lifelong friends.

The Hyatt Regency New Orleans hosted the 620 guests in attendance at 63 tables. Dat Band provided entertainment and brought their Dat Booth photo booth. There was also a wine glass raffle, and prizes including a Kendra Scott jewelry set, an assorted wines and party beverage bucket and a framed 1992 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage framed print.

Event Chairs were Scott and Robyn Guidry, parents of a St. Michael School student. Mark Romig served as emcee and auctioneer.

 


 

Event at a Glance

What: “Blue Rose Ball,” benefiting St. Michael Special School
When: Saturday, September 9
Where: Hyatt Regency New Orleans

 


 

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