The American Cancer Society’s seventh annual “Hope Gala,” held Aug. 18 at the Shops at Canal Place, offered guests an evening of elegance while raising funds for research to find a cure for cancer and for the group’s other programs.

Seven members of the greater New Orleans community received a “Spirit Award” for their contributions in the fight against cancer: Chadwick K. Landry, a cancer survivor; Dr. Jayne Gurtler of East Jefferson General Hospital; Tina Miceli, a nurse at Touro Infirmary; Dr. Alexander Washington of Tulane Cancer Center; Dr. Pablo Labadie of West Jefferson Medical Center; Dr. Lisa Bazzette of Ochsner Health System; and Dr. Mary Jo Wright of Tulane Cancer Center.

In addition to the awards ceremony and musical entertainment—Sha’on and the Girls with Success—guests also took part in silent and live auctions, which featured such items as a ski trip to Big Sky Montana, a hat autographed by New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez and a Tahitian pearl necklace with a detachable diamond ball clasp donated by Friend & Company. In addition, more than a dozen area restaurants donated cuisine. By the end of the evening, the “Hope Gala” had raised $130,000.
Focusing on a Brighter Future

Terry Fontham with Odom and Mimi Heebe
Focusing on a Brighter Future

Warner Thomas and Sr. Lisa Bazzette
Focusing on a Brighter Future

Tina Miceli, Chad Landry, and Dr. Jayne Gurtler
Focusing on a Brighter Future

Jewel Bush, Andrew Treuting, Bonnie Rawlins and Terry Birkhoff
Focusing on a Brighter Future

Glenn Vesh and Morphy Adams
Focusing on a Brighter Future

Lorrie Lee and Kim Trouard