A philanthropic competition to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s blood cancer research, “Man & Woman of the Year” brought together motivated and dedicated New Orleanians to bring their best in honor of two local children who are blood cancer survivors. The 10-week campaign culminated in the “2018 New Orleans Man & Woman of the Year Grand Finale Gala,” which honored the individuals who have fundraised the most.
The 2018 honorees included: Brittney Ankersen, Sissy Blewster, John Bukaty, Dr. Kyle Coleman, Dr. Frank Deus, Katye Fayard, Will Gottsegen, Karl Hoefer, Mike Hollis, Scott Hutcheson, Juliana Mazza, Parke McEnery, Peter Moss III, Ayesha Motwani, Darryl Reginelli, Dr. Skylar Souyoul, Karen Tipton, Steve Watson, Laura Wilt and John Young.
Performances by the 610 Stompers, Where Y’acht Band and the Amelia Airhawts Cabin Krewe created a festive air within the World War II Museum. Center Plate Catering provided cuisine. Chris Bellone and Amy Edmond served as Co-Chairs.
The gala, which hosted 650 patrons in attendance, also featured an auction with prizes including trips to Aspen, Colorado, and Orange Beach and Destin, Florida. Highlights included original art, antique diamond jewelry and a dinner with Mary Matalin, James Carville and Mitch and Cheryl Landrieu. The most popular item of the night was a dinner at the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum for 15 catered by several James Beard Award winning and nominated local chefs and restauranteurs.
Event at a Glance
What: “The Man & Woman of the Year Grand Finale Gala,” benefiting Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Where: U.S. Freedom Pavilion, National World War II Museum
When: Thursday, June 14
Frank Maselli, Honoree John Young and Kurt Evans
Dr. Leslie, Lexie, Honoree Will, Andrew and Dr. Brad Gottsegen