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 Programs and Events

Great Ladies and Great Gentleman Awards Luncheon

Since 1975, the Auxiliary has sponsored the Great Lady/Great Gentleman Awards to honor eight exceptional volunteers in the Greater New Orleans area. The luncheon is held annually at the Audubon Tea Room and includes an auction, raffles and an awards presentation. Proceeds from the event fund a nursing scholarship program, a continuing education and re-certification program for nurses, and special hospital projects.

Nursing Scholarship Fund

The Auxiliary created the Nursing Scholarship Fund over 30 years ago. Since then, it has awarded nearly 200 nurses the opportunity to alleviate some of their education-related expenses through this scholarship.

The Nursing Scholarship is funded, primarily, through the annual Great Ladies and Great Gentleman's Luncheon. Nurses who apply and qualify for the scholarship receive $1,000 a semester to be used toward tuition, books, supplies or living expenses.

In order to be considered eligible, applicants must be enrolled in nursing school and ready to begin the clinical portion of their schooling. The Auxiliary considers all eligible students regardless of whether they are striving toward their associates' or bachelors' degree in nursing.

Applications are located at the employment office of East Jefferson General Hospital; there is no fee to apply. After submitting an application, qualified students will participate in an interview process before a final award decision is made.

"This is a terrific alternative for anyone who needs help and would like a scholarship. Desire is the main requirement." -- Auxiliary Member Beverly Watts

Continuing Education Program

This program was organized by the hospital's nursing administration to assist nurses in obtaining mandatory re-certification. The Auxiliary raises funds for this endeavor.


Care-Ring program volunteers make daily telephone calls to community members who are home bound, live alone, or are recuperating from surgery or illness.

Doctors' Day/Nurses' Day

The Auxiliary honors EJGH doctors and nurses on their own special days for the dedication they show to the hospital and its patients all year long.