Outstanding Jesuit Volunteer Moms Honored at Alma Mater Awards Luncheon
Blue Jay mothers attended the 2013 Alma Mater Awards Luncheon to honor four outstanding Jesuit volunteer mothers on Thursday, Nov. 14, at The Roosevelt Hotel New Orleans. This year’s honorees are Jeanie Favret, Gisele Prados, Darlene Robért, and Ana Tumminello. Read more about the honorees below.
About 200 mothers of both current students and of Jesuit alumni attended the luncheon to honor the volunteer work of these four Blue Jay mothers whose extraordinary contributions of time and talent have greatly benefited Jesuit.
This is the 14th year that Jesuit is honoring its volunteer mothers. The first Alma Mater Awards Luncheon was in 1992 and for the next 13 years, it was a much-anticipated fall event. Following Hurricane Katrina, the annual luncheon was put on hold and is now back on Jesuit’s calendar.
View the Previous Alma Mater Award Honorees
About the Honorees
Mrs. Gisele Prados serves as the coordinator of the Jesuit Boutique, a position she’s held since 2004. In addition, Mrs. Prados assisted in the coordination of the Jesuit Raffle, Book Day, the Used Book Sale, and the Celebration gala auction. She is married to Mr. David Prados, who is a 1975 Jesuit alumnus. She is the mother of two Blue Jays: Paul in 2007 and Myles in 2009.
Mrs. Ana Tuminello served as co-chair of Celebration for two years and on the decorations committee for two years. a co-chair. Ana served as a substitute Spanish at Jesuit. She coordinated the donation of the Terrence Osborne painting, which today hangs in the school’s Carrollton Avenue entrance. She also spent four years assisting with the Used Book Sale, and continues to volunteer at the Jesuit Bazaar. She has also assisted the Jesuit’s office of institutional advancement with photography, photographing an entire season of baseball when our photographer, not a player, ended up on the injured reserve list. Ana is married to Joseph Tumminello, a 1979 alumnus. Her son, “Joey” is a 2011 alumnus, who eloquently honored his mother at our 2010-2011 Mother-Son Breakfast
Mrs. Jeanie Favret served as a volunteer with the Blue Jay Band from 1981-1984. She is the stepmother of Charles “Charlie” Favret, a 1984 alumnus. Her daughter, Lori Favret Wilken, was a member of the Jayettes dance team from 1994-1998. Her son Ryan graduated from Jesuit in 2003. Jeanie has also assisted with the Celebration gala/auction and teachers’ luncheons. She continues to be involved with Jesuit’s Christmas Boutique, Bazaar, Refreshments Committee, and Open House and Jesuit Golf Classic. Much of her volunteer time was spent alongside her dear husband Charley, who passed away in 2007.
Mrs. Darlene Robèrt currently serves on Jesuit’s Parents of Alumni Committee and the Alma Mater Awards Committee. She has worked the Jesuit Bazaar for many years and served as its co-chair in 2008 and 2009. In addition, she twice opened her home to host Jesuit’s Mothers’ Coffee event. Darlene is the wife of Marc Robèrt who is also extremely supportive of Jesuit and they are the parents of a pair of Blue Jays: Marc Robèrt from the Class of 2004 and Matthieu Robèrt of the Class of 2012.