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The Answer to Cancer

Cancer Crusaders champions cancer research with more than 600 local volunteers.

Co-Chair Charleen Boos, emcee Richard Buchsbaum and Co-Chair Dawn Miller


The 17th annual “Celebration of Life Luncheon” benefiting Cancer Crusaders gathered 500 patrons to celebrate the volunteer-run nonprofit organization’s contributions to fundraising for cancer research – more than $4 million since 1978, given to the local cancer centers at Tulane University and Louisiana State University.

This year’s luncheon honored Mary Lynn Alltmont, Lee Baraldi, Elaine Deshotel Dick, Susan T. Hankel, Kevin McConnell, Dr.  Alfonso Vargas, Katherine Vicari and Kathy Walsh.

Charleen Boos and Dawn Miller served as Co-Chairs; Richard Buchsbaum served as emcee.

Internationally acclaimed soprano, Sarah Jane Mahon, accompanied by Kristin Alvarado, sang The National Anthem and a moving rendition of “What a Wonderful World.”

The auction featured 185 items, which included fine jewelry and art. A Parade of Prizes table was decorated with more than 60 sought-after items. Raffles included a Secret Parade Prize, two Southwest Airline tickets and an amethyst and diamond necklace from Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry.


Event at a Glance

What: 17th annual “Celebration of Life Luncheon,” benefiting Cancer Crusaders
When: Friday, October 13
Where: Marriott New Orleans

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