HMHI sets date for annual Jazz Brunch: September 29

Jazz Brunch
The Jazz Brunch that benefits Humility of Mary Housing program, will take place September 29 at the Crow Valley Golf Club.

Humility of Mary Housing announces the annual Jazz Brunch date: September 29. It’s an event that combines the beauty of contemporary music and a menu that celebrates the harvest season. Once again the lovely Crow Valley Golf Club will host the Jazz Brunch, showcasing the natural beauty of our Quad Cities through expansive picture windows.

The event, scheduled from 11 am until 2 pm, will again include some live auction opportunities. These exciting offerings are highly anticipated and vary from year to year. Visit the events page on our website to stay updated on this year’s auction news.

The lovely Sarah Marie Young and her ensemble, who pleased the attendees of previous brunches, will return–fresh from new career accomplishments–for our 2013 event.

Jazz Brunch tickets will be available at our office. Get your ticket and mark your calendar. Eagerly anticipate an opportunity to enjoy great company, great food and great music while simultaneously assisting those in great need in our community.

For more complete information on this year’s New Orleans Jazz Festival, visit our Events page.

Good times rolled at HMHI’s New Orleans Jazz Brunch

Sarah Marie Young Ensemble
Sarah Marie Young and ensemble headlined HMHI’s 2012 New Orleans Jazz Brunch.

With sun streaming down on the Crow Valley Golf Club, HMHI’s Jazz Brunch on Sunday shone with great food, outstanding music and a room full of generous supporters.

The lovely fresh flowers provided by Hy-Vee (Utica Ridge & 53rd) matched the beauty of the surroundings, all decorated in the traditional gold, green and purple of New Orlean’s Mardi Gras.  The smooth melodies of award-winning Chicago jazz vocalist Sarah Marie Young, featured entertainer, were supported by an equally talented ensemble on bass and piano.

Mimosa flowed freely, and brunch did not disappoint. Capturing the flavors of New Orleans, the entrees were supported by fresh Midwestern seasonal vegetables. And the dessert bar enticed many attendees into two or more sweet meal finales.

But  the highlight for many supporters in the large dining room was the testimony from one of the first HMHI participants, Trisha. She recounted her life journey beginning with her tenuous situation as a sixteen-year-old single mother and high

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Supporters filled the room at HMHI’s New Orleans Jazz Brunch 2012, held at the Crow Valley Golf Club.

school dropout. Trisha credited the support she received during her participation in the HMHI program with turning her life around. Today her resume includes a master’s degree in accounting and a long-standing, successful career with the U.S. Government. Trisha’s story of accomplishment drew both some empathic tears and also a standing ovation from the group.

The opportunity to attend a lunch for ten with Sam Allen, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Deere and Company in the Executive Dining Room at Deere and Company World Headquarters or a similar lunch for six with Joan Lescinski, CSJ, PhD., President of St. Ambrose University at the Rogalski Center were live-auctioned. Proceeds of the auction and the jazz brunch event will support HMHI’s programming.

Enjoy this photo gallery from the 2012 New Orleans Jazz Brunch. Click any thumbnail to enlarge for full appreciation:

Join HMHI for jazz brunch: Good food, good music, great cause!

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New Orleans Jazz Brunch — a great event for a great cause

We’re celebrating 22 years of service to the Quad Cities with a New Orleans style Jazz Brunch at Crow Valley Golf Club [map] on Sunday, September 23 from 11am to 2pm.  Popular Chicago vocalist Sarah Marie Young will again star as our featured entertainer, supported by a pianist and a string bass player.  Having earned first place standing in the international Montreux Jazz Voice Competition in Switzerland last year, Sarah Marie shines as a performer of international prominence, performing for us in an intimate setting.

The Jazz Brunch features the magnificent New Orleans Jazz Brunch buffet which includes desserts and a glass of champagne or mimosa. Tickets for the buffet and entertainment in a lovely setting are $60 per person.  A cash bar is available.  Reserve your place by sending reservation checks or credit card information to our office [attention: Sister Mary Ann Vogel]. You may also pick up invitations at our Davenport office on 3805 Mississippi or simply call 563/326-1330 for information.

Our Jazz Brunch is a recurring event, but this year we’re adding an auction to the line-up. One item on the block is the opportunity for you and your friends to have lunch with either Sam Allen, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Deere and Company, or Joan Lescinski, CSJ, PhD., President of St. Ambrose University.

With the help our our contributors, we have proudly provided supportive housing for 711 single parents and their 1391 children during these past 22 years.  These families were homeless at the time they entered the program.  By providing single parents with the tools and support they need to complete degrees, find jobs, and move into their own homes, we’ve helped many families move into housing independence.  Children learn there is a different way to live; some have become the first in their family to complete high school and continue into college.

We receive over 400 applications from single parent families, including nearly 600 children, each year. However, HMHI has space and staff to provide services to only 47 of these families at any one time.

Please join us in our celebration and support this valuable community asset. Good food and good music supports a great cause. With your help, the good work will continue!