The New Orleans Medical Mission Services hosted the 16th annual “Mission Possible Gala,” which allows the organization to deliver medical expertise and treatment to the underprivileged population of foreign countries by providing services, treatment and supplies with dignity and self-esteem to program recipients and participants.
Archbishop Gregory Aymond delivered the invocation at the Patron Party. Frederick J. Mikill II, CEO and Board Member, emceed and made introductions of the Board of Directors of NOMMS.
The Volunteer of the Year Award was presented by Dr. Tom Kennedy to Bonnie McAskill for her many volunteer activities, including spearheading the organization of the Medical Instrument Room and going on numerous missions. The Outstanding Corporate Sponsor Award was presented by Tom Kennedy to Mr. and Mrs. Felix Sherman with Ambrosia Bakery of Baton Rouge for providing desserts to the gala since its inaugural year.
Throughout the event, a slideshow was shown displaying mission photos from the past year. Food for the event was coordinated by Marie Hasney and Lisa Hasney of Fleur De Lis New Orleans Cuisine/The Catering Connection. Alan Franco with Republic Liquor provided alcohol.
Angelina Vicknair served as silent auction auctioneer, and Chuck Mutz as black-tie auctioneer. Four silent auction tables included more than 300 items including art, jewelry and gift certificates for restaurants and hotels. The Live Auction featured prizes such as tickets and a suite at a Pelicans game, an invitation to the Krewe of Orpheus’ Annual Dinner Gala on Lundi Gras, vacation packages, a ride in a WWII Basic Trainer Plane and more.
Pumpkin Parker and Jessica Schulman served as Gala Co-Chairs.
This year’s gala was dedicated to NOMMS loving friend and long-time board member, Ms. Jane M. Gisevius Esq., who passed away after a very short illness earlier in the year.
Event at a Glance
What: “Mission Possible 2018 Gala,” benefiting New Orleans Medical Mission Services Inc.
Where: Generations Hall
When: Saturday, June 23
NOMMS Founder and CEO Fred Mikill with Silent Auction Chair Sunny Kijko, Archbishop Gregory Aymond and Board Member Ralph Senner
Honorees Cheryl and Felix Sherman