On May 9, Bridge House/Grace House held its 19th annual “Women of Substance” luncheon at the Audubon Tea Room. Bridge House, and its women’s counterpart, Grace House, provide gender-specific support services for local residents who are struggling with addiction, offering long-term residential care, “regardless of one’s ability to pay.”

Andree Batt, Carey Yacoubian and Denise Thornton chaired the event’s auction, which enthralled guests with its fantastic lots. This year’s luncheon honored Dr. Jayne Gurtler, PK Scheerle RN and Carol Solomon RN for their unwavering commitment to building community and furthering Bridge House/Grace House’s mission. Also during this year’s luncheon, the organization honored local legend Meg Farris with the Richard “Buzzy” Gaiennie Award; Lauren Selenberg with the Alumna of the Year Award; and Deacon Jay Albert with the Volunteer Recognition Award.

The luncheon included a massive silent auction, a live auction and a special raffle. The live auction featured exclusive items, such as a complimentary stay at Wild Dunes Resort and special handmade centerpieces by Denise Thornton, Tracey Lightfoot and students of St. Michael Special School.

Bridge House also raffled off a 2014 Jazz Fest poster autographed by artist Terrance Osborne.


What:   19th annual “Women of Substance,” benefitting Bridge House/Grace House
When: Friday, May 9
Where: Audubon Tea Room