Philanthropic Fun: Southern Hospitality

Two hundred forty guests attended the jazz brunch to support Catholic Charities and honor U.S. Representative Steve Scalise.
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This year’s “ACCESS Jazz Brunch” benefiting Catholic Charities featured an award presentation honoring U.S. Representative Steve Scalise as the 2018 “ACCESS Pro-Life Champion” for his work and dedication to pro-life issues.

On behalf of the ACCESS board, founding member Sharon Rodi presented the award, saying “Representative Scalise has always been a champion of pro-life issues, as a State Legislator, in the halls of Congress and currently as Majority Whip.”

Rodi thanked Scalise for all he has done in constant support of the pro-life movement, noting that he’s always responsive to their needs.

Scalise delivered special remarks to guests, expressing his gratitude for their support. Catholic Charities Pro-Life Services Director Michelle Black welcomed attendees, and Catholic Charities President and CEO Sister Marjorie Hebert served as the Featured Speaker.

Charming Southern “Belles” Noelle and Erin Toups welcomed guests as they entered the Audubon Tea Room. Dressed in period gowns complete with hoop skirts, the Mademoiselles showcased the event’s “Southern Hospitality” theme. Also highlighting this year’s Southern style, guests were greeted with refreshing mint juleps.

Co-Chaired by Sheila Spring and Jean Mitchell, this year’s silent auction provided over 130 local items, while guests could take chances to win one of the over 20 prizes.

Event at a Glance

What: “ACCESS Jazz Brunch,” benefiting Catholic Charities
When: Sunday, April 15
Where: Audubon Tea Room

Gayle Gaubert, Honoree U.S. Representative Steve Scalise, Karen McGoey and Sharon Rodi
Stephen Schonberg, Celeste Schonberg and Gloria Woods