Philanthropic Fun: Sharing Vision and Values

This annual event commemorated the Daughters of Charity’s 185th anniversary.
Co-Chair LaVerne Toombs, Michael Griffin and Co-Chair Lauren Ryan

Daughters of Charity Foundation of New Orleans hosted its eighth annual “Keeping Our Promises” gala at The National World War II Museum’s U.S. Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center.

The Patron Party began at 7 p.m. with entertainment by the One Shot Brass Band, and guests were treated to an interactive experience aboard the USS Tang Submarine, where they could relive the last epic battle of the USS Tang and feel a deeper appreciation for the bravery and sacrifice of those who served in the intense, confined world of underwater warfare.

The gala, which included the presentation of the Inspired Cross Awards, a live fundraiser and a silent auction, immediately followed until midnight with entertainment by The Royal Essence Show Band.

The four organizations honored with the Inspired Cross Award were: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated’s Greater New Orleans Chapters; Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated’s New Orleans Alumnae Chapter; LCMC Health; and New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic & Assistance Foundation. The award is presented annually to individuals and/or organizations that work with Daughters of Charity Services of New Orleans to transform health care through innovation and belief in shared values.

A live fundraiser was led by Michael Griffin, Daughters of Charity Services of New Orleans President and CEO, and Erica Spruille, Daughters of Charity Services of New Orleans Fund Development Manager. A silent auction was held featuring unique offerings, including artwork, sports memorabilia and gifts such as artwork by Terrance Osborne, New Orleans Saints memorabilia, airline tickets, a custom Luca Falcone two-piece men’s suit, 1989 Professor Longhair Postal Cache from the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Foundation and a jewelry pull valued from $75 to $500, courtesy of Porter Lyons.

Event cuisine was provided by the American Sector catering staff. Guests were also treated to an exquisite cake from Swiss Confectionery.

Lauren Ryan and LaVerne Toombs served as Co-Chairs for this year’s gala.


Event at a Glance

What: Eighth annual “Keeping Our Promises” gala,
benefiting Daughters of Charity Foundation of New Orleans

When: Saturday, March 23

Where: The National WWII Museum


Carol Schmidt, Chelsea Graves and Pamela White

Sister Mary John Code, Bethany Bultman and Sister Bonnie Hoffman