A 10-week philanthropic competition for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) “Man & Woman of the Year” campaign provided a platform for local leaders and their teammates to honor local blood cancer survivors, the Boy & Girl of the year. More than $667,000 was raised in the 10 weeks.

2019 Woman of the Year Allison Shapiro Dandry raised $251,000, breaking the New Orleans MWOY candidate fundraising record, previously held by the inaugural year 2017 Man of the Year Sidney Torres. The 2019 Man of the Year was Kurt Evans. Notable guests included Mitch Landrieu and chef Susan Spicer.

At the World War II Museum, Centerplate/American Sector Catering provided a dinner that included a victory garden vegetable salad and pan-seared sheepshead donated by Louisiana Seafood. Dessert was a bananas foster cheesecake with Community Coffee and custom LLS cookies donated by Apple Berry Delights. Sazerac/Crescent Crown provided the alcohol with the featured cocktails, a strawberry basil lemonade and a Marigny Mule, made with Sazerac Rye.

The 610 Stompers made an appearance to entertain the 550 attendees.

Auction items included a private dinner party for 10 with food from chef Justin Devilier and music by SOUL Brass Band All Star Party, a private dinner at the restaurant of one’s choice with Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser and his wife Cheryl Nungesser, a chef Susan Spicer dining experience prepared in your home and a Harouni “The Judge” painting.

Parke McEnery served as Event Chair with Co-Chair Amy Edmond. Norman Robinson served as Emcee.


Event at a Glance

What: “Man & Woman of the Year Grand Finale Gala,” benefiting The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

When: Thursday, June 13

Where: National WWII Museum


Philanthropic Fun: Fundraising Frenzy

Board Member Sarah Martzolf and Event Chair Parke McEnery

Philanthropic Fun: Fundraising Frenzy

Adam Eversole, Norma Jane Sabiston, Mary Beth Green and Liz Williams