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An Action-packed Evening at ACS’s "Dressed to Cure"

Lorelei Ashe, Tom Cianfichi, Bryan Batt and honoree Betsie Gambel 2. Robert Gardner, Becker Hall, emcee Nancy Parker and Glen Boyd

Photographed by Melissa Calico

A late September evening saw the 13th annual “Belles & Beaus Ball” at Mardi Gras World honor 20 men and women who have made significant contributions in the fight against cancer. The “Dressed to Cure” theme accented the elegant evening, complete with a fashion show by the Shops at Canal Place. Event co-chairs Clark Castle, Erin Debaillon, Allison Shapiro and David Boyd Williams were delighted with the success of the evening, which raised over $150,000. The “Belles & Beaus Ball,” formerly known as the “Hope Gala,” featured celebrity chefs, live entertainment, dancing and a silent auction. Event co-chair Clark Castle co-emceed with Nancy Parker of WVUE Fox 8. ACS announced the esteemed honorees in July at the patron party. These fantastic members of the community included Nicki Candies, Mark Berger, Chimene Grant Connor, Bob Breck, Betsie Gambel, Richard Colton Jr., Jeanette Landreyt, Robert Gardner Ph.D., Dr. Zoe Larned, Becker Hall, Lorrie Lee, Dr. Daniel Johnson, Carole Neff, Brian Kern, Suzi Swoop O’Brien, Dr. Siddhartha Padmanabha, Lauren Thom, Dr. Stephen Terry Kraus, Annie Flettrich and Hugh Weber. Celebrity chefs Ed Cotton, Betty Fraser, Grayson Schmitz, Tracey Bloom, Manouschka Guerrier and Gason Nelson competed for “Best Dish” as part of the festivities. All the chefs performed admirably, but Guerrier swept the judges away with an avocado ice cream with toasted coconut and caramel drizzle. Gina Brown and Anutha Level wowed guests with their musical talent, while the silent auction offered a chance to win trips to Salt Lake City, Maine and the Siesta Keys.

Proceeds of the evening went to benefit the American Cancer Society programs in research, education, advocacy and patient services.

Event at a Glance

What: 13th annual “Belles & Beaus Ball,” benefiting the American Cancer Society
When: Friday, September 27
Where: Mardi Gras World

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