American Cancer Society’s “Belles & Beaus Ball”

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Jordan and Co-Chair Jessika Schulman with Co-Chair and Hostess Stacy and Jim Guest at private viewing party

This annual fête exclusively benefits the operating costs of the American Cancer Society’s Patrick F. Taylor Hope Lodge on River Road in New Orleans, which provides a free home away from home for cancer patients and caregivers who must travel to receive life-saving treatment.

Participants could join on Facebook Live and YouTube Live to view the event, which is still available on those channels for those who were unable to join at the time of the program. All honorees were unveiled during the 2020 virtual event. They will be honored in 2021 in-person, as they will remain ACS honorees for another year.

The Belles are: Dr. Nelly Aoun, Tina Dang, Dr. Rebekah Gee, Heather Hays, Dr. Kendra Harris, Dr. Sarah Jackson, Deanna McLendon, Erin Pierce R.N. and Kim Starr Wise. The Beaus are: Warren Backer, Dr. Charles Ballay, Al Copeland Jr., Kevin Dolliole, Dr. Nihal Godiwala, John Nickens, Kenneth Ritter, Dr. David Silvers, Desi Vega and Dr. Jules Walters.

The Royal Essence Showband provided musical entertainment for the virtual pre-show and virtual afterparty. Mixologist Daniel Levy taught the at-home audience how to make two delicious cocktails: a Classic Daiquiri and a Lemon Drop Martini. The ACS received significant support from several businesses including: Freeport McMoran, The Goldring Foundation, Tulane Medical Center, LCMC Children’s Hospital, Guest Law Firm, Fox 8, Lammico, Blue Cross Blue Shield of LA, Telemundo, Ochsner Cancer Center, Fire on the Bayou, Moongaze Copy and Artfly Design.

The ACS partnered with Saba Restaurant to provide high-tier sponsors with dinner the night of the event. As the “Support Local” Sponsor, Guest Law Firm made these packages possible, which included a wide assortment of snacks, salads, dips and desserts.

Stacy Guest and Jessica Schulman served as event Co-Chairs. Dr. Rebekah Gee served as Guest Speaker. Chuck Mutz was the Auctioneer.


Event at a Glance
What: “Belles & Beaus Ball,” benefiting American Cancer Society
When: Friday, October 2
Where: Event website, Facebook and YouTube


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Beau Dr. Charles and Lisa Ballay with Belle Kim Starr Wise, Kurt Heckman at private viewing party

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David Cortez-Backer, Belle Tina Dang, Beau Warren Backer and Genevieve Douglass at private viewing party

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Guest Speaker Dr. Rebekah Gee during filming

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Auctioneer Chuck Mutz during filming

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Mixologist Daniel Levy during filming


Photos 1-3 by Jeff Strout; Photos 4-6 Courtesy of American Cancer Society


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