More than 250 guests attended the “2019 ACCESS Jazz Brunch,” making it one of the largest ACCESS events. Proceeds from the brunch and auction allow ACCESS and Catholic Charities Pro-Life Services to continue providing complimentary pregnancy support services and a full-service Diaper Bank program in our community.
Catholic Charities Pro-Life Services Director Michelle Black welcomed guests, followed by introductory remarks by Archbishop Gregory Aymond.
Special to this year’s event was an exciting award presentation honoring Mrs. Gayle Gaubert as “ACCESS Pro-Life Champion” for her long-time dedication to ACCESS and pro-life issues.
Following Archbishop Gregory Aymond’s heartfelt remarks describing her commitment to a culture of life, Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans President and CEO Sister Marjorie Hebert presented the award, saying “the success of ACCESS is a direct result of Gayle’s faithful volunteer efforts and unyielding dedication. In honor of your many, many years of service to ACCESS, you have been named ACCESS Pro-Life Champion.” She received a standing ovation.
Serving as Chair for the annual brunch, Kim Simon coordinated the event’s logistics and activities for the 2019 event theme: “Hats Off to Spring.” Many bright spring touches were seen throughout the day including some guests donning their fashionable spring hats and fresh flowering centerpieces adorning the brunch tables.
Led by Director Christian Bautista, the Archbishop Rummel “Raiders Jazz Band” performed many jazzy tunes entertaining guests and setting the tone for a true Jazz Brunch.
Co-Chaired by Sheila Spring and Jean Mitchell, this year’s silent auction showcased over 130 gifts on five boards, while guests could take chances to win one of the more than 20 items in the parade of prizes. The auction featured many one-of-a-kind and traditional New Orleans items, artwork and experiences.
Event at a Glance
What: “ACCESS Jazz Brunch,” benefiting Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans ACCESS Pregnancy and Referral Center
When: Sunday, April 7
Where: Audubon Tea Room
Catholic Charities Pro-Life Services Director Michelle Black, Chair Kim Simon and Tangie Stephens
Pat Quinlan and Gail Marquette