Philanthropic Fun: Express to the Cure

Ladies Leukemia League hosted a magical fashion show and winter holiday luncheon.
President Lisa Baynham, Regina Ramazani, Chair Ana Eller and Rosalie Edwards


An over-the-top New York runway-style fashion show by the Ladies Leukemia League (LLL), sponsored by Dillard’s and produced by Sue Webber Productions, offered 1,000 guests a way to give towards leukemia/lymphoma research and “Believe” in a cure.

The fashion show’s theme was “The Magic of Disney,” complete with Cruella de Vil. LLL featured three children and one young adult who are currently battling leukemia or who have overcome the disease: Austin Abadie, Da’Ni Otis and Annabelle Thomas, and Katie Moore, a 21-year-old leukemia survivor.

The theme of the luncheon was “The LLL Express for a Cure” with an emphasis on the word “Believe,” featured on the invitation with artwork by Chrissy Gregg Baynham. Centerpieces were cute snowmen dressed like train conductors with glowing lanterns on each table.

A raffle featured a silver David Yurman bracelet with pavé diamonds donated by Aucoin Hart, a Silver Fox fur cape donated by Eulie Peti, $1,050 in premier New Orleans restaurant gift certificates and a Brahmin Weekender donated by Dillard’s. A wine pull with close to 100 bottles of wine was sold out in a half-hour.

LLL is known for its Parade of Prizes, which this year featured 100 options. The Silent Auction offered prizes such as a three-night stay in a Gulf Shores luxury condominium, a white mink stole, an autographed Drew Brees football, a gift certificate for a Misook Collection ensemble donated by Dillard’s and a Porche Carrera child’s car donated by Brian Harris Porche of Baton Rouge.

Ana Eller served as Event Chair and Camille Whitworth served as Mistress of Ceremonies. Lisa Baynham is serving as President.

The event raised more than $130,000 towards leukemia/lymphoma research.

Event at a Glance

What: “Fête de Noël,” benefiting Ladies Leukemia League, LLC
When: Friday, December 7, 2018
Where: Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel

Special Guest Da'Ni Otis and Pat Golemi
Phyllis Stacy, Special Guest Annabelle Thomas and Maria Winn