Viewers learned about how the Ochsner Cancer Institute changes and saves lives every day during the ninth annual Moonlight and Miracles Gala, presented by Gayle and Tom Benson Charitable Foundation. The virtual gala, filmed on November 5, brought Gulf South supporters together on November 7 via a local broadcast aired on Fox8 and affiliate channels across Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.

Each year, Ochsner honors a physician and a member of our community who are undaunted in the fight to eliminate cancer. The 2021 Miracle Makers, Zoe Larned, MD and David Griffin, each received their award during the program.

Lori Ochsner, Mark Romig, Kelsey Davis and David Bernard hosted the 2021 gala, joined on stage by Warner Thomas (President and CEO, Ochsner Health), Dr. Robert Hart (Chief Medical Officer, Ochsner Health), Dr. Brian Moore (Medical Director of the Ochsner Cancer Institute) and Emily Pirch (Vice President Ochsner Cancer Institute). Together, they shared the strides in oncology innovation Ochsner is making for the patients in the Gulf South — ensuring access to quality care close to home. The celebration of the advancements in cancer raised over $1.6 million to support cutting edge treatment, care and patient support for the Ochsner Cancer Institute.

The annual Mercedes-Benz car raffle, presented by tGen, offered one lucky winner a 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC. An online auction included prizes from the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans, Friend and Company, The Four Seasons and a live painting created during the broadcast by local artist Alex Harvie.

Ochsner Health would like to extend a special thank you to Moonlight and Miracles Gala Chair, Gayle Benson, and to this year’s Hope Sponsor, Fault Resources and Mary Lou Ochsner and the Ochsner family.

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Event At A Glance

What: Moonlight and Miracles Gala benefiting Ochsner Health

When: Sunday, November 7, 2021

Where: Virtual (Broadcasted on Fox8 and affiliate channels)

P2 01

Warner Thomas, Rene Doucet, Archbishop Aymond, Gayle Benson, Dr. Susan Nelson, Dr. Robert Hart

P2 06

Alex Harvie

P2 05

Sir Saint, Ollie and Gumbo

P2 04

Scott Ballard, Kristi Ballard, Michelle Dodenhoff, Emily Pirch, Dr. Brian Moore

P2 03

Warner Thomas, Gayle Benson, Dr. Zoe Larned and David Griffin

P2 02

David Bernard, Kelsey Davis, Lori Ochsner, Mark Romig, Mikel Schaefer