More than 500 guests supported the New Orleans Medical Mission Services at the 12th Annual Gala. This year’s theme, “Mission Impossible,” reflects the tireless efforts of the NOMMS volunteers who, since 2001, have dedicated their time and skills to delivering medical expertise and treatment to the underprivileged population of foreign countries by providing services, treatment and self-esteem to program recipients and participants.

During the Patron and Sponsor Party, the invocation was given by Archbishop Gregory Aymond with introductions of the Founders of NOMMS, Dr. R. Daniel Jacob, Dr. Thomas Kennedy and Dr. Robert Normand, and Chaplain Monsignor Andrew Taormina. Volunteer of the Year Awards were presented by Dr. Kennedy to Michael Atwater and Tommy Coon for their many volunteer activities, including preparing medical materials for missions, participating in missions and supporting the fundraising activities. Outstanding Corporate Sponsor Awards were presented to Marcus Brown representing Entergy for their continuous donation support.

Fine food and top-shelf beverages were provided by more than 14 local restaurants, shops and caterers, while the Yat Pack, an eight-piece band with vocals, provided musical entertainment with songs from the 1950s until today. Four silent auction tables included over 300 items of interest plus art, jewelry and gift certificates for restaurants and hotels. Among the items presented for bidding was a one-week stay at a 14,000-square-foot mansion on the Ocean Club of Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas, and a 10-day stay in a private residence in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
 


EVENT AT A GLANCE

What:  12th annual “Mission Possible Gala: Mission Impossible,” benefiting New Orleans Medical Mission Service
When:  Friday, June 20
Where:  Generations Hall