Access Jazz Brunch included blessing of mobile unit _lowres

Photo provided by Access board - Shown at the annual Catholic Charities 'Access' Jazz Brunch held at the Audubon Tea Room are, from left, Jewell Bayhi of Mary Queen of Peace Parish which was honored for their pro-life program; Sister Marjorie Hebert, president and CEO of Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans; Archbishop Gregory Aymond and Access Board member and event co-chairwoman Jean Rice.

The annual Catholic Charities Access Jazz Brunch was recently held at the Audubon Tea Room. Access is a pregnancy and referral service which provides care to women who are vulnerable through unexpected pregnancy and looking for an alternative to abortion.

Access provides free pregnancy services, including pregnancy tests and ultrasounds. Also provided are pre-natal and post-natal care, and if needed, adoption services.

Of importance this year, New Orleans Archbishop Gregory Aymond performed the blessing of MABEL, the name for the organization’s new mobile unit that brings services to the expectant mothers, instead of their having to come to the Access office. The names stands for Mothers Always Bring Extra Love.

Following the blessing, guests enjoyed a sumptuous dinner, live music, silent auction and a 50-50 cash split that collected more than $4,000.

Funds from this event, as well as the Baby Bottle fundraisers, go to support the pregnancy services provided by Catholic Charities Access Program.