Our Lady of Holy Cross College Thanksgiving Prayer Breakfast will be held on November 20 Maura Donahue will be Keynote Speaker.
August 3, 2008 - Our Lady of Holy Cross College will hold its 12th annual Thanksgiving Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, November 20, 2008. This popular event will be held at the Moreau Center on the College campus, and the breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. This year’s speaker will be Maura Donahue, President of DonahueFavret Contractors and Past Chair of the Board of Directors for the United States Chamber of Commerce. This event is open to the public.
This is a great opportunity for friends of the College to give thanks and financially support the mission of Our Lady of Holy Cross College. All funds raised from this fun-filled event will go to directly impacting the lives of students and their dreams of successfully pursuing a college education.
An invitation and sponsorship form can be accessed by clicking here. Tickets are $50 per person. Sponsorship opportunities include: 1) a table of 8 for $400; 2) President’s Club Sponsor for $1,000; 3) Sainte Croix sponsor for $2,500, and 4) Spes Unica sponsor for $5,000. Interested participants and sponsors can contact the College’s Office of External Affairs at 504-398-2208 or email@example.com.
President, DonahueFavret Contractors Holding Company
Past Chair of the Board of Directors, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Maura Donahue is a highly visible and vocal advocate of small business issues, helping lead the Chamber's efforts to rein in skyrocketing health care costs, bring under control frivolous litigation, and reduce burdensome government regulations. She served on the Chamber's Council on Small Business for seven years, the last five as chair. She has also been instrumental in strengthening the Chamber Federation, helping to roll out a new U.S. Chamber membership program.
Donahue brings credibility to the debate on small business issues because of her success as a small business owner. She is president of DonahueFavret Contractors Holding Company and vice president of business development of DonahueFavret Contractors, Inc., a leader in the Gulf South construction industry. The company, which has served a variety of state and national clients for more than 25 years, performs a wide spectrum of building projects, including commercial, hospitality, health care, retail, educational, and institutional construction. Among its many achievements, DonahueFavret has won nine prestigious awards for Construction Excellence awarded by the National Association of Builders and Contractors.
Donahue has long been an active leader in local chambers and economic development organizations. She serves on the boards of Greater New Orleans, Inc., the St. Tammany Parish Economic Development Foundation, and Resource Bank. Formerly, she served on the board of the State of Louisiana Board of Commerce & Industry and chaired the board of the St. Tammany Parish Chamber of Commerce.
She is a graduate of Leadership St. Tammany West and was awarded its Leadership Alumni of the Year as well as Woman of the Year by the New Orleans Publishing Group. Donahue chaired a Woman Build home for the Habitat for Humanity in 2004 and was awarded Person of the Year by the Associated Builders and Contractors Bayou Chapter.
Donahue, a lifetime resident of Louisiana, and her husband, Jack, live in Covington, Louisiana. Their blended family includes 6 children and 14 grandchildren.
Our Lady of Holy Cross College, founded in 1916 by the Marianites of Holy Cross, has played a major role in the education of a diverse New Orleans student body. The College is part of the Catholic educational system developed by the Congregation of Holy Cross which includes such institutions as, the University of Notre Dame, Saint Edward’s University, and the University of Portland. Over fifty percent of the College’s students come from the East Bank of the Mississippi River and a majority of the students remain in the area. They teach the children of the community, take care of loved ones when they are ill, operate the businesses that citizens depend on, minister in Churches and social agencies, and volunteer their time to the city they call home. In short, the quality of their OLHCC education has an impact on the quality of life in metropolitan New Orleans and Louisiana.