The Ladies Leukemia League celebrated 45 years at their annual “Fête de Nöel” at the New Orleans Hilton Riverside on December 10, 2013. Chaired by Lorraine Cucchiara and Carolyn D’Antonio, the festive luncheon featured a fashion show by Dillard’s with a “Hooray for Hollywood and the Holidays” theme, a special performance by former American Idol contestant Terry McDermott, cocktails, a surprise appearance by New Orleans icon Mr. Bingle, an auction and more.
Edibles provided by the Hilton Riverside included mesclun salads, petite filets of beef, potato Gruyere, chocolate crunch cake and triple cream cheesecake with crumbled peppermint. The league honored several children from Children’s Hospital by asking them to model clothing of their choice from Dillard’s, which the department store gave to the children as a Christmas treat. Auction highlights included wine, paintings, sterling silver pieces from designer David Yurman, a two-night stay in New York, gift baskets from Dillard’s and signed Saints memorabilia.
Margaret Orr of WDSU-TV served as mistress of ceremonies, including the annual spectacle of lighting the tree, honoring donors to the organization.
EVENT AT A GLANCE
What: "Fête de Nöel,” benefiting the Ladies Leukemia League
When: December 10, 2013
Where: New Orleans Hilton Riverside