Philanthropic Fun: Women Helping Women

The 23rd annual “Women of Substance Luncheon” honored local female role models for the many women in the Bridge House / Grace House substance abuse treatment program who are striving to become sober and self-sufficient.

The luncheon features three primary honorees centered around the unifying theme and who possess the ideals Grace House women look for in a role model. The 2018 Honorees were: Meaghan Ryan Bonavita, Dress for Success Board President; Kelly Commander, Command Construction and BHGH Board Treasurer; and Dr. Mignonne Mary, The Remedy Room Founder.

Three additional 2018 award recipients included Juanita Marino, presented with the Richard “Buzzy” Gaiennie Award; Dr. William Robinson, presented with Volunteer of the Year; and Katherine Madere, awarded Alumna of the Year.

Mike Morris sang as guests arrived and performed “Amazing Grace” at the start of the program. Mark Romig served as emcee. Susan Rodriguez gave an invocation before lunch was served.

A raffle offered a prize of an Electra Women’s Light Blue Cruiser 1 from GNO Cyclery. The live auction featured a week in Hilton Head, South Carolina in a private, golf course home. The silent auction held more than 150 items, including dinner for six at Herbsaint, a limo charter from Limousine Livery, four club seats to a 2018-2019 Pelicans game and jewelry from Adler’s and Kendra Scott.

Event at a Glance

What: 23rd annual “Women of Substance Luncheon,” benefiting Bridge House / Grace House
Where: Audubon Tea Room
When: Friday, May 18

Philanthropic Fun: Women Helping Women

2018 Honoree Dr. Mignonne Mary, Stephanie Haynes and Parker Sternbergh

Philanthropic Fun: Women Helping Women

Walton Goldring, BHGH Executive Director of Clinical Services Michelle Gaiennie, Volunteer of the Year Dr. William Robinson and Richard “Buzzy” Gaiennie Honoree Juanita Marino


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