March 03, 2015
Brass Bash, the annual fundraiser for Luke's House free clinic, features a lineup of three brass bands, like last year's Lagniappe Brass Band.
Wall Bullington & Cook attorney Sara Lewis (L '09), center, has been involved with Luke's House since helping organize the First Annual Brass Bash in 2012.
Photos by Nick Payne Photography
Volunteers make it possible for Luke’s House Clinic to provide essential medical and mental health services to uninsured and underinsured patients from across New Orleans.
And the mix of volunteers behind Luke’s House includes Tulanians who are spearheading the March 13 Brass Bash, the fundraiser that helps ensure the clinic’s services remain free.
Sara Lewis, Jessica Serrano (both L ’09), Erica Washington MPH ’09), Christine Scott-Waldron (MPH ’06), Lyndsey Kirchner (MPH ’12) and Alexis Ruffino (NC ’04) serve on the Fourth Annual Brass Bash committee, orchestrating refreshments, a silent auction and performances by three New Orleans brass bands.
Lewis, an associate attorney at Wall Bullington & Cook, also supports the center in other ways: serving as vice chair of the Luke’s House board; lending legal expertise to reviewing contracts and amending the organization’s bylaws; and translating for Spanish-speaking patients checking into the clinic.
“Luke’s House is a remarkable place,” Lewis said. “There is a greater need than ever in this state for the work that Luke’s House does.”
She said an increasing number of patients have come to the clinic because they can’t afford to buy health insurance but also don’t qualify for Medicaid benefits.
Tulane Medical School is a key clinic partner, with students working there each week. The medical students provide vital services to patients and get clinical experience.
Lewis said the Brass Bash fundraiser, which is held at One Eyed Jacks, has flourished “into something really unique that could only happen in a city like New Orleans.”
Serrano, who is general counsel and operations manager for Jacques-Imo’s and Crabby Jack’s restaurants, said the event is “always a great night of spectacular food, libations and music with friends coming to support the cause.”
Serrano lends event management know-how and is overseeing Crabby Jack’s catering of this year’s fundraiser.
The 2014 Bash raised more than $11,000 for Luke’s House.
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