American Cancer Society’s “Fire & Ice Honoree Ball”

Twenty honorees were recognized for their ongoing commitment to ACS’ mission.

The American Cancer Society hosted its “Fire & Ice Honoree Ball” presented by Ochsner Cancer Institute, to recognize an elite group of individuals who have shown support for the fight against cancer in the New Orleans community. The Audubon Tea Room hosted the memorable program, three-course dinner, libations, live music, an online auction, raffle and more.

The proceeds from the event will be used to support the safe reopening of the ACS’ Patrick F. Taylor Hope Lodge on River Road, which needs additional operating funds to recover from the COVID-19 health crisis and offer a free home away from home and community for cancer patients and their caregivers. This event fully funds the operating costs of the Hope Lodge.

The Honorees were: Dr. Nelly Aoun, West Jefferson Medical Center; Warren Backer, Engel & Volkers New Orleans; Dr. Charles Ballay, West Jefferson Medical Center; Al Copeland Jr., Al Copeland Investments; Tina Dang, Expressway Pharmacy; Kevin Dolliole, New Orleans International Airport; Dr. Rebekah Gee, LSU School of Medicine; Dr. Nihal Godiwala, Children’s Hospital New Orleans; Dr. Kendra Harris, Tulane Medical Center; Heather Hays, Philanthropist; Ann Heslin, Ochsner Health System; Dr. Sarah Jackson, Audubon Dermatology; Deanna McLendon, Wells Fargo Advisors; John Nickens, Children’s Hospital New Orleans; Erin Pierce, R.N., Ochsner Health System; Kenneth Ritter, Audubon Nature Institute; Dr. David Silvers, Metropolitan Gastroenterology Associates; Desi Vega, Mr. John’s and Desi Vega’s Steakhouse; Dr. Jules Walters, The Modern Plastic Surgery and Med Spa; and Kim Starr Wise, Kim Starr Wise Floral Events.

The Patron Party began the program at 7 p.m., followed by the Honoree Ball. In addition to the auction and raffle tickets, Hope Bears were available for a minimum donation of $50 to receive an adorable Gund Bear, which patrons could either keep or donate to Children’s Hospital in honor or memory of a loved one.

Event Co-Chairs were Stacy Guest and Jessica Schulman.

Follow the American Cancer Society’s “Honoree Ball” on Facebook and Instagram @ACSHonoreeBallNola

Event At A Glance

What: “Fire & Ice Honoree Ball New Orleans,” benefiting the American Cancer Society

When: Thursday, November 4, 2021

Where: Audubon Tea Room

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Jordan Schulman and Co-Chair Jessica Schulman with Co-Chair Stacy Guest and James Guest 

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Honorees Kim Starr Wise, Warren Backer and Ann Heslin

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Honorees Kevin Dolliole, Dr. David Silvers and Kenneth Ritter

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Honorees Dr. Nelly Aoun, Dr. Jules Walters and Tina Dang

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Honorees Dr. Nihal Godiwala and Desi Vega 

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Sponsorship Chair Karey Haslauer and Uncorked Chair Elizabeth Gracee

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