The turf of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome was filled with silvery, glittering tables and the many colors of the cancer ribbon spectrum to kick off the seated dinner for Ochsner Health System’s annual fundraiser, “Moonlight & Miracles,” to raise money for the Ochsner Cancer Institute.
The Patron Party was held in Club XLIV with 700 guests in attendance. Highlights included food by the Ralph Brennan Catering Company and a special concert by Better than Ezra.
Treme Brass Band welcomed more than 1,800 patrons to the Dome’s main event, followed by a cocktail reception and a performance by Tanya Boutte. Ronnie Kole performed at the steak and shrimp dinner served by Centerplate Catering, followed by dancing to Jessie’s Girls.
Gayle Benson served as Event Chair, and Coach Sean Payton was the emcee for the evening. Also in attendance were Warner Thomas, President and CEO of Ochsner Health System, and Bailey Leon and Meghan Shexnayder, Ochsner cancer patients and honorees.
The event included opportunities to win whopping treasures such as a Mercedes-Benz C250W car through a raffle, a 37-foot Bahamas custom-built fishing boat, two of Bailey Leon’s paintings and a live auction.
The $1.3 million dollars raised at this year’s event directly benefits the survivorship, research and patient assistance programs at Ochsner Cancer Institute. n


EVENT AT A GLANCE

What: “Moonlight & Miracles” benefiting Ochsner Health System
When: Friday, November 14, 2014
Where: Mercedes-Benz Superdome