May 28, 2024

2024 Women of Substance

Bridge House / Grace House held its 29th Annual Women of Substance Luncheon on May 17th 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 Darnell Shuart, Erin Beech, and Felicia Montiforte Kleinpetere. Bridge House / Grace House also extends three specially designated awards each year at the Women of Substance luncheon. The 2024 award recipients were Else Pedersen (Richard “Buzzy” Gaiennie Award), Kathy Pedersen (Volunteer of the Year) and Jamie Wicher (Alumna of the Year).

Thank you to everyone who attended and supported this year’s luncheon, especially our Presenting Sponsor – the Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust. Many thanks also goes to the Audubon Tea Room for once again providing our event with a beautiful setting, and to NOLA Flora for their gorgeous floral arrangements.

View photos of the event here.

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