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The American Cancer Society held it’s 10th annual Hope Gala on Saturday, August 28. By 6:30 p.m. the patron party was underway and The Shops at Canal Place was filled with philanthropic revelers – all there to support a worthy cause.

The event featured both live and silent auctions, live music by the Bucktown Allstars and plenty of delicious food. Among other things, up for auction was a dinner for eight at the chef’s table at Emeril’s.

The Hope Gala is held to celebrate and recognize members of the community who have contributed to the fight against cancer. The honorees of the evening were presented with the Spirit Award, which was given out by special guest and Ceremony Hostess WWL-TV anchor Angela Hill. Honorees this year included Vanessa Batson, RN, BSN; Charles D. Scher, MD; John Cole, MD; and many others.

All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society Patrick F. Taylor Hope Lodge. The Hope Lodge is a grown-up version of the Ronald McDonald Houses, offering free lodging to cancer patients. The Patrick F. Taylor Hope Lodge serves patients who come to New Orleans from out of town to receive treatment. Patients staying at the Hope Lodge enjoy hotel-like amenities while getting support from fellow patients, all at no cost.