Rallying for Research
Ochsner Health System raised funds for its Cancer Institute at its inaugural “Moonlight and Miracles Gala.”
Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond, Catherine Tremaine and Tom and Gayle Benson
Photographed by Jeff Strout
Guests joined event chairwoman Gayle Benson on November 15, 2013, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome to benefit cancer services and research for Ochsner Health System. The inaugural event followed the theme “Today’s Gift, Tomorrow’s Miracle” and raised funds for the Ochsner Cancer Institute, providing multidisciplinary care for adult and pediatric cancer patients.
Ochsner plans to raise money for a different program every year and started off with a bang by raising almost $1 million that night.
The patron party took place the night before at Club XLIV at Champion’s Square. Chaired by Kim Sport and Barbara Turner Windhorst, guests munched on delicacies from Pigéon Caterers while listening to vocalist Tanya Boutte. Entertainment for the gala included The James Martin Jazz Band, the Marine Corps Band, pianist Ronnie Kole and dance band Simply Irresistible.
Attendees were able to bid on choice auction items such as an all-inclusive trip to New York for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, a Duck Dynasty Experience with Willie in a Dome Suite at the Saints versus Tampa Bay home game on December 29, 2013 and more. Mr. and Mrs. Leon Greenblatt walked away with the stunning raffle prize: a 2014 Diamond Silver C250W Mercedes-Benz.
EVENT AT A GLANCE
What: “Moonlight and Miracles Gala,” benefiting cancer services and research for Ochsner Health System
When: November 15, 2013
Where: Mercedes-Benz Superdome