Last month, the Women’s Giving Circle (WGC) held its annual Celebration Mass and Breakfast... and what a celebration it was! Members gathered at St. Stephen Church, and Rev. Msgr. Christopher H. Nalty celebrated Mass. A program with breakfast followed, during which an amazing $142,500 in grants were awarded to this year’s nine presenting organizations (listed below), all of which serve to strengthen the health of families in our community. Click here for event photos .

"True ‘health’ integrates physical, mental, and spiritual well-being to determine quality of life," says Co-Chair Karen Eagan. "We are grateful to our 145 members for recognizing the importance of both the family and its health—spiritual, physical, and emotional—in the success of our community."

This year's awards bring the four-year Women’s Giving Circle total to $538,500 distributed to deserving ministries in the Greater New Orleans area.

"Our Women’s Giving Circle members are a wonderful example of how to foster generosity in our community," says Director of Gift Planning Lisa M. Chmiola, M.S., CFRE . "Their leadership in pooling philanthropy to make a larger impact shows what can be done when we answer God’s call to use all He has blessed us with to help our fellow sisters and brothers.”

Next up, WGC members will visit the ministries for a day-long bus tour on October 16. This year's recipients are:

$30,000 Grants

$20,000 Grants

$8,500 Grants

Many thanks to WGC's co-chairs, Karen Eagan and Diana Stieffel; the 2019 Executive, Steering, and Grants Committees; and the circle's sponsors, AGESS Wealth Advisors of Raymond James and Dardis Couvillon & Associates !

Interested in joining the Women's Giving Circle in 2020 ? Please contact Kathi Zimmerman at 504.527.5794 or