December 1, 2017 – Shelby Simon
St. Elizabeth’s Guild hosted its annual luncheon to honor the “2017 Volunteer Activists” who provide for the many needs and well-being of the various children’s programs serviced by Catholic Charities. The charities currently being supported are Padua House, St. John the Baptist Head Start, Cornerstone Kids, Isaiah 43 and Therapeutic Family Services.
The Volunteer Activists Honorees are: Constance Albert, Dianne Breaux, P. Kevin Colomb, Carol V. Hall, Russ M. Herman, Nora Nolan Lambert, Joyce W. Laporte, Paula Peterson Pizzaloto, Linda D. Sunseri and Cindy Schule Wooderson. The Hall of Fame Activists included Cheryl S. Cabes and Peter R. Quirk. These Hall of Fame Activists were previously honored in 1993, and were chosen for their continued community services throughout the years. The Special Guest was Most Reverend Gregory Aymond, Archbishop of New Orleans.
Luncheon Co-Chairs were Lisa Baynham and Anne Favret. Joan Ingram narrated the Fashion Show by Dillard’s, and Mark Romig served as Emcee. The Victory Belles provided entertainment, compliments of The National World War II Museum.
The Parade of Prizes featured 75 items to win. Additionally, a silent auction was composed by Suzette Herpich and Kathy Mitchell. The 148 items on the auction boards included of original artwork, designer jewelry and clothing, restaurant packages, home décor items and more. A specialty auction item featured a David Yurman sterling silver and 18 karat yellow gold pendant with pavé diamonds donated by Aucoin Hart Jewelers. Two season tickets to East Jefferson General Hospital “Broadway Across American Series” were won by Lisa Baynham, and the winner of the Southwest Airlines ticket raffle was Margaret Diaz.
Event at a Glance
What: “2017 Volunteer Activists Luncheon,” benefiting St. Elizabeth’s Guild
When: Friday, September 29
Where: Hyatt Regency New Orleans