The East Jefferson General Hospital Auxiliary will honor the eight recipients of its Great Lady/Great Gentleman awards at a luncheon April 24 at the Audubon Tea Room. A patron party will precede the event on April 21 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ashton Ryan in Chateau Estates in Kenner.
The honorees, who were chosen for their volunteer activities in the New Orleans area, are Carrel Epling, Carolyn Escher, Anne Favret, Betsy Threefoot Kaston, Joyce Laporte, Sharon Marchand, Gloria Parrish and Michelle Swanner Yenni.
Tickets to the luncheon are $65 and tickets to the patron party are $35. All proceeds will benefit the auxiliary’s nursing scholarship and certification program. Since its inception, the auxiliary has given more than $1 million to East Jefferson General Hospital.
For information and reservations, call Rosalie Edwards, reservations chairwoman, at (504) 466-8875. The general chairwoman is Lynn Skidmore and the auction chairwoman is Lisa Baynham.
Carrel Epling is a retired educator, having taught in the Orleans Parish Public School System since 1958. She is a board member of Patrons of Lafreniere Park, has served on the board of the New Orleans Opera Guild and is a member of the Metairie Woman’s Club and Jefferson Beautification Inc. She was recognized with a Pioneer Award from the Louisiana Federation of Teachers in 2014 and a JPAS Advocate award in 2010. She served as a Girl Scout leader and is a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, Beta Mu Chapter, a national honorary teachers society.
Carolyn Escher is a mother of three who began volunteering when her children started school. Her volunteer hours included those at Kehoe France, St. Benilde, Dominican High School and Brother Martin High School.
She was president of the Ladies Leukemia League in 2015 and is a member of Cancer Crusaders, St. Elizabeth’s Guild and the Children’s Hospital Guild. She is an associate board member of Raintree Children’s Services and a member of the Women’s Guild of the New Orleans Opera Association and the New Orleans Ballet Association.
Anne Favret is on the board of Jefferson Beautification Inc. and is a past president of the Parkway Promenade fundraising committee. She is past president of the Ladies Leukemia League and chairman of the Children’s Leukemia League. She is a member of the New Orleans Opera Guild, St. Elizabeth’s Guild and Cancer Crusaders. She has been honored with the Alliance for Good Government Jefferson Civic Leadership Award in 2015, and was a St. Elizabeth’s Guild Volunteer Activist in 2013.
Betsy Threefoot Kaston is a life member of the New Orleans Council of Jewish Women and secretary of Jewish Family Services. She has served on the board of directors of Jewish Children’s Regional Services since 1987. She has also served as president of Jefferson Twenty Five and on the board of Cancer Crusaders and the Jefferson Parish League of Women Voters. She was director and vice president of the alumni board of St. Martin’s Episcopal School.
Joyce Laporte has served as president of the New Orleans Art Association, of which she is a lifetime member, and was New Orleans Arts Council Palmer Park chairman. She has served as a block captain for the Elmwood Civic Organization and on the board of the Jefferson Art Guild and the Louisiana Art Association. She is a member of the Leading Ladies Guild, Jefferson Beautification Inc. and East Jefferson General Hospital Auxiliary.
Sharon Marchand is a lifetime member of the Ladies Leukemia League and Cancer Crusaders, and a member of St. Elizabeth’s Guild, which honored her with its 2012 Volunteer Activist Award. She has served on the executive boards of the East Jefferson General Hospital Auxiliary, the Ballet Resource and Volunteer Organization of the New Orleans Ballet Association, the New Orleans Opera Association Women’s Guild and Women of Fashion, and is on the board of the Republican Woman’s Club of Jefferson Parish.
Gloria Parrish is a member of the board of the East Jefferson General Hospital Auxiliary, serving as its human resources chairman. She has been on the board of Cancer Crusaders for serveral years. She is a member of Jefferson Beautification, Leading Ladies of JPAS, the Louisiana Garden Club Federation and Chateau Estates Garden Club. She participated in a program called “Table Matters,” teaching second-grade students how to set a table and use the proper utensils and eating techniques.
In the midst of a busy career as general manager of Chateau Golf and Country Club, Michelle Swanner Yenni is a member of the Junior League of New Orleans and the Kenner Rotary Club. She is co-founder of Sipping with Santa, a fundraiser for the Kenner Food Bank, and the Kenner Wine and Food Experience. She is a former chairwoman of Pasta and Puccini, a fundraiser for the Jefferson Performing Arts Society, and is a committee member for the Leading Ladies Guild.