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Bridge House / Grace House honored six individuals at 22nd annual luncheon.

Award Recipients Ashley Fowlkes, Michael Lavie and Andree Batt

Photographed by Melissa Calico

The 22nd annual “Women of Substance Luncheon” honored three women in the New Orleans community who possess the ideals women look for in a role model, under the theme this year, “Inspiring Grace Through Mind, Body and Spirit.” The luncheon also offered a large silent auction, a live auction, a raffle, entertainment and dining in the Audubon Tea Room.

The 2017 Honorees were Molly Kimball, founder of Eat Fit NOLA and WGNO-TV’s nutrition and fitness expert; Parker Sternbergh, Assistant Director of the Porter Cason Institute at Tulane University; and Veronica Winget, the Albert Schweitzer Fellow working with chronic pain management at Grace House.

The event also recognized three other individual honorees: Michael Lavie with the “Richard ‘Buzzy’ Gaiennie Award,” Andree Batt with the “Volunteer Recognition Award” and Ashley Fowlkes with the Grace House “Alumna of the Year” award.

Bryan Batt and Mark Romig served as Emcees, and Walton Goldring served as Auction Chair.

The live auction included a Besh Restaurant Group Dine Around for four guests and two roundtrip tickets on Southwest Airlines with a three-night stay at the Four Seasons Resort Vail. More than 150 items were offered at the silent auction, including a Goldring Culinary Center Celebrity Chef Dinner for two, jewelry from Mignon Faget, Kendra Scott and Molly Henderson, fitness class packages from Orangetheory Fitness Uptown & Mid-City, Romney Pilates, The Yoga Room and City Surf and two tickets to "Boudin, Bourbon & Beer." The raffle prize was an Electra Women’s Red Cruiser 1 from GNO Cyclery.


What: 22nd annual “Women of Substance Luncheon,” benefiting Bridge House / Grace House
When: Friday, May 12
Where: Audubon Tea Room


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