Cancer Crusaders hosted its 18th annual “Celebration of Life Luncheon” on September 14, and recognized a new class of honorees.

Judy Hof, Charter Member of Cancer Crusaders, delivered the invocation. Richard Buchsbaum served as Emcee.

The national anthem was performed by Lauren Mouney Gisclair. Guitarist Don Vappe from the Loyola School of Music performed during the reception. The Mande Milkshakers provided a dance performance.

The 2018 Honorees included: Pat Besselman, Richard L. Granen, Angela Hill, Kate Elizabeth Launey, Kathy Kittok Piazza, Patsy Kennedy Quintini, Lucille Schonacher Ruffino, Karen Stall, Julie Stokes, Donna Thomas, Eve Vavrick and Roy Weiner M.D.

For the luncheon, Fancy Faces Décor provided centerpieces of authentic jazz instruments and cylindrical vases with crystal strands and red rose flower spheres.

The auction featured 191 items, including a highlight prize: a “Ride in a Pink Cadillac” at the “Steak Out Against Breast Cancer Night.” A Parade of Prizes, with 103 items, included the raffling of Southwest Airline tickets, Lee Michaels sapphire-and-diamond earrings and a mystery prize of a year of desserts from Maurice’s Bakery.

Jim and Dawn Miller and Eric and Charleen Boos with Eric served as Luncheon Chairs.


Event at a Glance

What: 18th annual “Celebration of Life Luncheon,” benefiting Cancer Crusaders
When: Friday, September 14
Where: New Orleans Marriott Hotel


Philanthropic Fun: A Jazzy Luncheon

Honorees Eve Vavrick, Rick Granen, Angela Hill and Roy Weiner M.D.

Philanthropic Fun: A Jazzy Luncheon

Honorees Lucille Schonacher Ruffino, Kate Elizabeth Launey, Pat Besselman and Karen Stall