Philanthropic Fun: Remarkable Role Models

Six women were honored at the annual BHGH luncheon that supports substance abuse treatment programs.
Susan Gundlach, Honoree Susu Stall and Nickie Lane

Bridge House / Grace House presented the 24th annual “Women of Substance Luncheon” honoring local female role models for the many women in the BHGH substance abuse treatment program.

The luncheon featured three primary honorees centered around the unifying theme of who possesses the ideals women look for in a role model, as well as three individual honorees.

The 2019 Honorees were: Elizabeth Boh, Lisa Romano and Susu Stall. The 2019 individual award recipients included: Les Vincent with the Richard “Buzzy” Gaiennie Award, Arlene Rome with the Volunteer of the Year Award and Sadie May with the Alumna of the Year award.

Mike Morris sang as guests arrived and followed Les Vincent’s opening prayer with a rendition of “Amazing Grace.” Mark Romig served as Emcee throughout the luncheon. Leadership Sponsors were the James P. Raymond Jr. Foundation and the Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust.

A raffle notably offered an Electra Women’s Light Blue Cruiser 1 from GNO Cyclery, and the live auction featured a one-week stay in WaterColor, Florida. There were 115 items offered at the silent auction, including a Large Caspari Rectangular Tray from Adler’s, a two-night suite stay at the Windsor Court Hotel, a five-course dinner for 10 guests prepared in-home by Cooks Day Off and a pair of Krewe sunglasses.


Event at a Glance

What: 24th annual “Women of Substance Luncheon,” benefiting Bridge House/ Grace House

When: Friday, May 17

Where: Audubon Tea Room


Susan Zeringue, Suzanne Rusovich, Honoree Elizabeth Boh and Susan Scheinuk

Alumna of the Year Sadie May, Michelle Leech, Karen Selenberg and Kathi Pietri

Volunteer of the Year Arlene Rome and Rosemary Tunstall

Ayesha Motwani, CeCe Colhoun and Laura Ashley

Juli Juneau, Diane Franco, Jane Goldring and Walton Goldring