As the only residential treatment facility in New Orleans for women suffering from chemical dependencies, Grace House has become a pillar of community activism. This year it honored five outstanding female attorneys who are both community activists and staunch supporters of Grace House’s mission. The 14th annual Women of Substance Luncheon took place Friday, May 8 at the Audubon Tea Room for nearly 300 supporters of the nonprofit. Patrons enjoyed a light spring menu of seasonal field greens with walnuts and apple vinaigrette, filet of beef with asparagus and crème brûlée.

Meredith Arnold played harp throughout the luncheon and Angelica Aldarondo sang “Amazing Grace” for award-winners. More than 100 items were up for auction, including local art, clothing, hotel stays and restaurant gift certificates. This year’s honorees were Kim M. Boyle, Eneid A. Francis, Martha Kegel, Susan M. Tyler and Sharonda Williams. Each woman gave a short speech upon accepting her award, and Grace House Executive Director Michelle Gaiennie also spoke. Master of Ceremonies was Mark Ruig. Susan West Glennon received the Service Award, and Stephanie S. earned the award for Grace House Alumna of the Year. Committee members included chair Cecile Tebo, silent auction chair Curtis Pinkerton, with Pam Ballard, Joneé Daigle Ferrand, Becky Davy and Alex Geriner and decorations co-chairs Gayle Jones and Kathy Coenson. Proceeds from the luncheon benefitted Grace House, an organization that’s committed to helping women with substance abuse issues lead sober and productive lives in the local community.