Philanthropic Fun: Holiday Cheer for a Cure

LLL’s holiday fundraiser supported the awarding of grants to research causes, treatments and a cure for leukemia and related diseases.
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Mary Ellen Doody, Chair Christy Saladino, Laura Godel with Honoree Maryam Zebraolui

The primary fundraiser for Ladies Leukemia League is the annual “Fete de Noel,” which ushered in the Christmas season in early December.

Celebrating 50 years, the Past Presidents in attendance were recognized before the start of the Fete. LLL Co-Presidents Melba Bruce and Jacquelyn Milan could be seen around the room.

Children honored were Maryam Zebraolui, Mohammed “Memo” Alfrouk, Ludovic “T-Vic” Lee III, Austin Abadie, Adolyn Mince and Samantha Krail. Anna Kitchen was the young adult honored.

Grant recipients included Firas Safa M.D.; Zachary F. Pursell Ph.D.; Samuel J. Landry Ph.D.; and Bing Z. Carter PhD.

The Hyatt Regency hosted nearly 900 for the three-course luncheon, which offered a salad course, roasted pork medallions with squash, carrots and asparagus, and praline cheesecake for dessert. The Celestin Ballroom was festively decorated with poinsettia centerpieces, which were also given as door prizes.

Christy Saladino served as Chair alongside Co-Chairs Terri Kloor and Angel Riviere. Camille Whitworth served as Mistress of Ceremonies. Robert Landry debuted as Mr. Bingle, and Stephen Kernion as Santa. 


Event at a Glance

What: “Fete de Noel Luncheon,” benefiting Ladies Leukemia League

When: Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Where: Hyatt Regency New Orleans


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Co-Presidents Jacquelyn Milan and Melba Bruce with Mike Jones and Co-Chair Terri Kloor  

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Eryn Melancon, Cathy Wattigney, Phyllis Stacy and Anita Hymel

 

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