Event co-chair Gene Alario, Fay Doucet, event co-chair Nicki Candies and Rachel Schultz

Terri Kloor, Dr. Ralph Lupin, Marilyn Guercio and Phyllis Stacy

Beth Hingle, Sandy McClelland and Patti Simoneaux

Event co-chair Joyce Coleman, Joy North and Jeri Landry

Linda Raphael, Joan Ingram, Maria Winn and Jean Rice

Reba Conefry, Patton Fabre and Cathy Wattigney

The Ladies Leukemia League hosted its annual �Fête de Noël� luncheon on Dec. 8 at the Hilton Hotel. More than 1,160 people attended the event in support of the League�s cause: to fund research for the eradication of leukemia.
The event boasted a fashion show produced by Saks Fifth Avenue and the Shops at Canal Place. During the show, guests savored cocktails and a delicious lunch. Another highlight was the parade of prizes, which featured a full-length mink coat, a $250 gift certificate to Saks and a two-night stay with deluxe accommodations at the Hilton Hotel.
A huge success, the event raised more than $116,000, all of which goes toward funding grants awarded for continued research. The fund-raiser has been held for over 30 years, is the largest of its kind, and continually contributes every penny earned to research. According to Ladies Leukemia League member Joy North, �The high point every year is when the children who have leukemia are introduced and receive their Christmas gifts from Santa. There is rarely a dry eye in the room.� �