2016 marked the fourth annual “Moonlight and Miracles Gala,” which took place in the Superdome; thus the theme of “4th Down, Beneath The Dome & Under The Stars.” The evening highlighted the teamwork behind supporting Ochsner Health System’s patients while they undergo cancer care.

The 2016 Miracle Maker Award Recipients included Brian Moore, MD, FACS; Jeanne Walker and Skylene Montgomery. Mark Romig served as emcee.

The Patron Party in Club XLIV hosted 700 guests, with live entertainment by Doreen’z Jazz, Better Than Ezra and DJ Rob Nice. Decor reflected the gala theme with field goal floral displays and a green turf carpet.

The gala opened with cocktail hour music by Jeremy Davenport and the national anthem by Eric Anderson, CCRP. Father Tim Hendrix delivered the invocation, followed by a presentation by Warner Thomas, President and CEO of Ochsner Health System, and a patient video. There were additional special broadcasts by WVUE reporters Kristi Coleman and Sean Fazende.

Famed Royal Street musicians Tanya and Dorise provided entertainment during the dinner prepared by chef Lenny Martinsen of Centerplate.

Following dinner, the Big Swing and the Ballroom Blasters led dancing under the gala moon and stars hanging from the dome ceiling. Guests also enjoyed an auction featuring a grand prize of a black 2017 C300W Mercedes-Benz, the 1 Game Zone with pass, punt and jump games provided by the New Orleans Saints and explored the Garden of Gratitude Hope, which featured six heroic stories of Ochsner pediatric and adult patients.


What: “Moonlight & Miracles Gala,” benefiting Ochsner Health Systems
When: Friday, November 11, 2016
Where: Superdome