Chairwoman Jacquelyn Milan, Mike Jones, Denise Woodward and Meb Cefalu


Celebrating forty-eight years of raising funds and finding cures, the Ladies Leukemia League, Inc. held their annual “Fete de Noel” in early December at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside Grand Ballroom. Over the years, the LLL has donated over $3.4 million to finding a cure. This year’s theme was “Oh, What Fun It Is To Give.”

One lucky winner at each table won the gold present decorating each table. More than 1,000 attendees joined in the festivities, topped with the presentation of $100,000 in grants for 2017-2018 to: George A. Calin M.D., Ph.D.; Maro Ohanian M..D; Victoria Belancio Ph.D.; and Rachel E. Rau M.D.

Also in attendance and honored were young people fighting cancer: Callen Kott, Kailee Taylor, Annabelle Thomas and Macie Goleman. They modeled fashions from Dillard’s and were excited to have each outfit as their own. The Dillard’s fashion show, “A Decade of Friendship,” featured scenes from throughout the 10-year partnership between Dillard’s and LLL. The show included scenes themed: Chorus Line, In the Jungle, Painted by Monet, Paris, Madrid, Boots Are Made for Walkin’, James Bond and Ladies in Red.

Pre-event entertainment was provided by Louisiana native T-Ray, the violinist. Richard Kernion also made an appearance as Santa.

There were more than 100 silent auction items in addition to door prizes, including a shopping spree from Dillard’s, travel, jewelry and more.
Chairwoman Jacquelyn Milan kept everything running smoothly, and Camille Whitworth of WDSU-TV served as Mistress of Ceremonies. 


Event at a Glance

What: “Fete de Noel,” benefiting Ladies Leukemia League
When: Friday, December 1, 2017
Where: Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel