The afternoon of September 26 saw the 13th annual Cancer Crusaders “Celebration of Life” luncheon held in the New Orleans Marriott Hotel. Honoring notable local cancer survivors, the luncheon was lavishly attended by both present and past honorees. Chaired by Debbie Buchler and Dawn Miller, the guests were alternately serenaded and second-lined into the Grand Ballroom of the Marriott by local favorite Magazine Street Brass Band. The music complemented the décor, which included centerpiece Jazzmen sculptures and a further New Orleans-themed silent auction. Memorable items included a painting by Cancer Crusaders member and past honoree Gloria Parrish, a Drew Brees Superbowl XLIV Football in its original case and Lee Michaels diamond earrings.
This year’s honorees included Anicia “Nee-Cee” Cheri, Pat Dean Cochran, Virginia DiBenedetto, Courtney Edwards, Tracey Hammill, June Lampe, Sr. Marjorie Millet O.P., Nomie Leininger Moore, Carol Ryan, Gloria Simoneaux Ruiz, Norma Jane Sabiston and Carol Short.
Undoubtedly the high points of the event included a generous donation from the Louisiana Breast Cancer Task Force, a check in excess of $23,000 presented by Maria Burkhardt to Cancer Crusaders. All funds raised by Cancer Crusaders, a local volunteer fundraising organization supporting cancer research at LSUHSC and Tulane Medical Center, are donated to LSUHSC and Tulane Medical Center for cancer research.
Event at a Glance
What: “Celebration of Life” luncheon, benefiting Cancer Crusaders
When: Thursday, September 26
Where: Marriott New Orleans Hotel