On Saturday, November 13th, members of the New Orleans community touched by addiction joined together in Palmer Park to “Second Line for a Second Chance” at the 5th Annual March for Recovery Presented by Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust. The event honors those recovering from addiction – a treatable disease, not a moral failing – and remembers lives that have been lost.
Thank you to Bridge House Alum, Andy T. for sharing his personal story of addiction and recovery. Special thanks to all those who help to keep this event fun and free for all – Crescent Crown Distributing, Eddie Gonzales, Faux Pas Prints, GBP Direct, Goldring Family Foundation, Gracious Bakery, Iggie Perrin, M Press, Nathan Tucker, Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust, PJ’s Coffee, Revell Andrews, River Parish Disposal, Shipley’s Do-Nuts, Walton Goldring, and the Woldenberg Foundation!
Bridge House / Grace House held its 26th Annual Women of Substance Luncheon on October 29th at the Audubon Tea Room to honor local female role models for the many women in our substance use disorder treatment program who are striving to become sober and self-sufficient. Three outstanding women from the New Orleans community, who we feel possess the ideals our Grace House women look for in a role model, were chosen as the honorees.
This year’s event honored Anne Raymond, Elizabeth “Liz” Copeland, and Leigh Whitman Director. Bridge House / Grace House also extends three specially designated awards each year at the Women of Substance luncheon. The 2021 award recipients were Susan Tyler (Richard “Buzzy” Gaiennie Award), Bill Gaiennie (Volunteer of the Year) and Michele Limoges (Alumna of the Year).
Thank you to everyone who attended and supported this year’s luncheon, especially the James P. Raymond Jr. Foundation and the Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust who both returned as the co-Presenting (Leadership) Sponsors.
View photos of the event here.
Over 100 players, volunteers, & friends spent a beautiful Wednesday at Lakewood Golf Club on October 13th for the 33rd Annual Fore! Recovery Invitational Presented by the Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust. As one of the most unique golf tournaments in the city, the Fore! Recovery Invitational is truly a golf and food experience. Food, food, and more food! Players and friends kicked off the day with a delicious lunch of steak sandwiches from Desi Vega’s Steakhouse, wings from Hooters, and Bloody Marys at the Blue Williams, L.L.P. Bloody Mary Bar!
On the course, players enjoyed food from Bourbon House, Chef Ron’s Gumbo Stop, Jambalaya Girl, Mandina’s, and Quarter View. To quench their thirst, players stopped for Margaritas at the Margarita Beach Bar and John Daly’s at the NOLA Ya’t Club Bar. For anyone still hungry, Southerns was on-site serving Chicken Sandwiches during the Awards Party!
Due to the unfortunate weather on September 29th, the Fore! Recovery Invitational Golf Tournament had to be postponed from its original September 30th date. The course at Lakewood Golf Club was soaked, receiving over 5 inches of rain. However, even two weeks later and on a Wednesday, this was our BEST YEAR EVER!
Many thanks to all of our sponsors, especially to our Presenting Sponsor Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust! A special shout for their involvement this year goes to the UNO Golf Team, our UPS Volunteers, and all of our in-kind donors!
Congratulations to our 2021 winners!
Taking 1st Place this year, the foursome from Liskow & Lewis – Barry Gonzales, Glen Madison, John Thornbor, & Alex Thompson; in 2nd Place the foursome from Verges Rome Architects – Chip Verges, Craig Godwin, Mike Argote, & OJ Vaelton; and in 3rd Place the foursome from IBERIABANK | First Horizon – Gordon Guthrie, John Draper, RJ Marse, & Warren Huggins.
Thank you to our supporters!
Thank you to everyone involved for making the 2021 Fore! Recovery Invitational Presented by the Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust another FABULOUS year – we couldn’t have done it without you! Supporting Bridge House / Grace House means that we may continue to provide treatment to those who may seem hopeless but for whom there is great opportunity for a life free of addiction. We couldn’t do this without the help of all of our Players, Sponsors, Committee Members, Volunteers, Restaurant & Auction Donors, Staff, and Residents!
View photos from the event here.
This year’s Mr. Legs event may have looked different, but the Contestants showed up once again and took Generations Hall by storm to raise money for Bridge House / Grace House. Emcees Mike Hoss and Laura Buchtel returned to keep the in-person and virtual party going! Celebrity Judges Ryan Veuthey (NOLA Brewing), Liz & Al Copeland, Jr. (Copeland’s of New Orleans), Simone Bruni (Demo Diva Demolition), Malik Mingo (WWL-TV), and Vincent Giardina (Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust) scrutinized the costumes, routines, and – most importantly – legs of the contestants.
Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust returned as the Presenting Sponsor and WWL-TV as the Media Sponsor. Special thanks to Copeland’s of New Orleans for not only donating food for the in-person guests but also offering 5% off Copeland’s to-go orders for at-home attendees and our supporters for the entire week following Mr. Legs; plus they donated 15% back to Bridge House / Grace House.
Roberto Espinoza – Mr. Legs XXI
Michael Zarou – 1st Runner Up & Skinniest Legs
Steve Carnes – 2nd Runner Up, 15 Years Participation, Fan Favorite, & Best Performance
Chris Kazik – 5 Years Participation & Sexiest Legs
Travis Henthorn – Best Costume
Jeffery Carlson – Hairiest Legs
View photos from the event here.
Thanks to The Brown Foundation, art students at Ursuline Academy received a grant to create recovery themed art work for the ladies of Grace House.
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