St. Charles Avenue Magazine: Philanthropic Fun: Caring for Children
December 1, 2018 by Shelby Simon
Photos by Jeff Strout
St. Elizabeth’s Guild hosted its 48th annual “Volunteer Activist Awards Luncheon” to support the many needs and well-being of the various children’s programs serviced by Catholic Charities since the 1950s.
The Volunteer Activists of 2018 included: Debbie Albert, Ann Duffy, Ann Heslin, Todd Matherne, Diann M. Sanborn, Carol Short, Alfred E. “Ted” Stacey IV and Allison Giffin Talley. Hall of Fame Honorees 2018 were Carol M. Porter and Mark C. Surprenant. These honorees had been previously honored for their work in 1994, and were recognized again for their continued volunteer efforts in our community.
Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond delivered the invocation. Mark Romig, former Guild honoree, served as emcee.
Entertainment at the Patron Party was the Harry Hardin Trio. Irma Thomas sang the national anthem to commence the luncheon, with continued music and entertainment provided by The Big Easy Boys.
The entertainment continued with a style show of fashions from Dillard’s with celebrity models, including news reporters, hosts, restaurateurs and Sr. Marjorie Hebert, President and CEO of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New Orleans. Nancy Colomb and Erin Shea Stahnke were the Guild Fashion Show Coordinators with Dillard’s.
The décor of the 2018 luncheon was a tribute to the celebration of the tricentennial of New Orleans. The luncheon menu was provided and served by the Hyatt Regency New Orleans Hotel.
An auction featured more than 125 items with key prizes including one-of-a-kind artwork and jewelry, a LSU National Championship bat signed by Skip Bertman and a special day of entertainment and pontoon boat ride at one of the oldest homes in St. Tammany. Two raffles featured a beautiful necklace and earring set from Anton, Ltd. and a $1,000 shopping spree at Dillard’s.
Luncheon Chairman was Ana Eller, Guild member and former honoree. Approximately 500 guests were in attendance.
Event at a Glance
What: 48th annual “Volunteer Activist Awards Luncheon,” benefiting St. Elizabeth’s Guild
When: Friday, September 28
Where: New Orleans Hyatt Regency