In the Vieux Carré Ballroom at Harrah’s Hotel New Orleans, the Cancer Crusaders held its annual benefit on June 5.

Dubbed “A Summer Affair,” the evening consisted of a patron party at 6:30, followed by the main event that kept guests partying for a cause until the late night. With food, live and silent auctions and live music, the event raised money for Louisiana State University and Tulane University medical schools for their cancer research.

The live and silent auctions proved to be successful in generating funds – and how could they not? The items ran the gamut with swanky Mikimoto pearls from Lee Michaels to memorabilia of the late Sheriff Harry Lee, donated by his wife, which included personal leather gun belts and handcuffs.

Founded in 1976, Cancer Crusaders is an organization that is dedicated to consistently raising funds for cancer research in the New Orleans area. Because the death rate from cancer in the state is one of the highest in the nation, the Cancer Crusaders believe it’s vital that research be conducted and supported by those to whom it relates and benefits.