Philanthropic Fun: Pearls of Purpose

American Cancer Society raised funds for its Access to Care program providing transportation grants to local health systems.
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Shucker of the Year Taylor Geoghegan with Shucker Honorees Ella Bright and Julie Comarda

American Cancer Society’s Junior Executive Board brought in $281,000 during their second annual “Shuck Cancer” event in partnership with Superior Seafood & Oyster Bar and Latter & Blum. The event was held on the two blocks of Napoleon Avenue’s neutral ground from St. Charles Avenue and Prytania Street.

Twenty young professional cancer advocates and fundraisers named “Shucker Honorees” were highlighted at the event. They were: Brett Blanchard with Inhab Group; Sebastien Bonnot; Ella Bright with Standard Mortgage Corporation; Julie Comarda with Engle and Völkers; Spencer Crane with Merrill Lynch; Andrew Dale with IBERIABANK; Emily Degan with Ochsner Health System; Taylor Geoghegan with Estately NOLA; Allison Gouaux with Ochsner Health System; Becky Hardin with City Surf Fitness; Bryan Hargett with Moe’s Original BBQ; Dylan Kavanagh with InterCapital; Carrie Marquette with East Jefferson General Hospital; Bette Matheny; Cameron McHarg with Neil Auction House; Alex Porter with JH Blades; Chris Senner with Karl Senner, LLC; Anna Swigert with Tulane School of Medicine; James Van Horn with Sizeler Thompson Brown Architects; and Graham Williams with Adams & Reese LLP. 

The top fundraiser, Taylor Geoghegan, received the Shucker of the Year award, raising more than $38,000.

The Patron Party included early access to 20 oyster varieties from across the country and Canada, 42 types of wine and 16 restaurant partners to the sounds of T-Ray the Violinist. Key speeches came from Latter & Blum Chairman, Robert “Bob” Merrick and John Michael Rowland, General Manager of Superior Seafood.

Throughout the evening, guests were available to revel down the tented two city blocks, sampling the many varieties of wine and oysters. Tap Truck Nola included their very own “Shuck Cancer Oyster Stout” produced by Urban South Brewery. Musical entertainment was non-stop from local favorites Elizabeth Lyons and Kristin Diable. More than 1,200 guests attended the event led by Co-Chairs Alli Morrison and Rachel Turnage. 


Event at a Glance

What: Shuck Cancer benefiting American Cancer Society

When: Thursday, November 21, 2019

Where: Neutral ground between St. Charles Avenue and Prytania Street


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Shucker Honorees James Van Horn, Emily Degan, Allison Gouaux and Sebastien Bonnot 

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Sheryl and Latter & Blum Chairman Bob Merrick

 

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