Cancer Crusaders’ 15th annual “Celebration of Life Luncheon” honored cancer survivors who are active in the New Orleans community. This year’s theme was “Sweeping Cancer Away,” amplified by table centerpieces of purple and orange witches’ brooms set on vibrant gold tablecloths.

Honorees included Samantha Battaglia Arnold, Lynn Creel, Heidi Dugan, Holly Haag, Yvonne Hill Jackson, Suzanne Lindley, Diana Noveck, Jo Ann Paulin, Linda Phillips, Janice Watsky and Elizabeth Williams. Earlier in the week the honorees were fêted at a reception hosted by the Elms Mansion, LSU and Tulane.

At the main event, guests were second-lined into the ballroom by The Magazine Street Jazz Band. The Crescent City Sound Chorus sang the National Anthem before dinner. The event also hosted an auction, with highlights such as a two-night stay at the Marriott in Washington D.C. and a print of “Catrina Blues” from Terrance Osborne. There was also a David Yurman raffle donated by Chad Berg of Lee Michaels Jewelry.

Debbit Buchler and Dawn Miller served as Co-Chairs, while Richard Buchsbaum was the host emcee.

CEO of Pelican Energy Consultants, LLC, Kenny Bogle and his wife Krista presented Cancer Crusaders with a check for $30,000, raised by the Pelican Energy Foundation.

The event raised more than $100,000, which was then split between LSUHSC and Tulane medical schools for
cancer research.


What: “Celebration of Life Luncheon,” benefiting Cancer Crusaders
When: Friday, October 23
Where: New Orleans Marriott