New Beginnings

The substance abuse treatment programs at Bridge House/Grace House provides a new beginning for the men and women who pass through, so “New Beginnings” appropriately marked the theme of the 20th annual “Women of Substance Luncheon.” Bryan Batt served as emcee.

This year’s event honored three women who have taken time to work with the participants of the programs and provided either career or spiritual opportunities for these women. The honorees included Walton Goldring, Celie Stumm Howard and Ali Rouse Royster.

Three awards were also given at the luncheon: Susan Rodriquez was presented with the Richard “Buzzy” Gaiennie Award for her service to the community, Pam Albers received the Volunteer Recognition Award for her countless volunteer hours via the trauma group sessions she leads and Michelle Duplantis was honored as the Alumna of the Year for inspiring many with her story.

The 20th anniversary event was the most successful luncheon to date, raising over $80,000, and providing critical support to continue the much-needed substance abuse programs at Bridge House/Grace House. 


What: 20th annual “Women of Substance Luncheon,” benefiting Bridge House/Grace House
When: Friday, May 8
Where: Audubon Tea Room

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