Philanthropic Fun: Home Away From Home
Heather Green Matrana, Chair Ann Heslin and Honoree Dr. Marc Matrana

Mardi Gras World transformed into a magical environment with a shimmering star wall and blue, amber and white-accented lighting and confetti globe balloons for the “Belles & Beaus Ball” in support of the American Cancer Society. Themed “Keys of Hope,” 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting the Patrick F. Taylor Hope Lodge on River Road, which provides a free, supportive, homelike environment that cancer patients and their caregivers can call home throughout the duration of treatment. To date, the ball has helped raise more than $2 million dollars for local cancer education, advocacy, research, and patient services in New Orleans.

The 2019 Belles were: Dianne Breaux, Dr. Elizabeth Foley, Courtney Dini, Elizabeth “Liz” Baldwin Hefler, Leslie Marsh (posthumously), Dr. Cori A. Morrison, Anne Falgoust Ott, Nancy Parker Boyd (posthumously), Dr. Laura Beth Ramirez and Stacey Shane Schott. The 2019 Beaus were: Blaine Kern Jr., Dr. Dennis Kay, Dr. Marc Matrana, Dr. David Oubre, Dr. Jason Parker, Dr. Mark Peters (posthumously), Dr. Roland Waguespack III, Dr. Mark Wegmann and Dr. Rodrek E. Williams.

The evening’s cuisine and late-night bites were provided by 12 Seasons Catering. Libations were provided by Republic Beverage and the Sazerac Company. The event also featured a VIP Lounge.

T. Ray the Violinist provided the Patron Party entertainment. The Royal Essence Showband provided the ball entertainment. Kim Holden of Fox 8 served as the Mistress of Ceremonies. Two video presentations by Darren Manzari of Solomon Place Productions were “Faces of Hope” and “Visions of Hope.” The videos featured Hope Lodge guests, Honorary Chairwoman State Representative Julie Stokes and donors.

Ann Heslin served as Chair. Notable sponsors included: Ochsner Health System, Freeport McMoran, Receivable Recovery Services, Stacy Shane Schott, Tulane Medical Center and Children’s Hospital.

Event at a Glance

What: “Belles & Beaus Ball,” benefiting American Cancer Society
When: Friday, September 13
Where: Mardi Gras World

Philanthropic Fun: Home Away From Home
Honoree Dr. Jason Parker with Jessica Waguespack and Honoree Dr. Roland Waguespack III


Philanthropic Fun: Home Away From Home
Tammy and Honoree Blaine Kern Jr. with Honoree Stacey Shane Schott and Amanda Schott