The Ladies Leukemia League, Inc. celebrated more than 45 years of raising funds and finding cures at the league’s annual “Fete de Noel.” More than 1,100 attendees joined in the festivities.
Grant Recipients for 2014-’15 were Stephen Gottschalk, M.D.; Sean M. Post, Ph.D.; Zhiqiang Qin, M.D., Ph.D.; and Jinsheng Weng, Ph.D.
The day began with cocktails followed by lunch. Guests were seated at round tables that were festively decorated with a pairs of vintage-style ice skates accented with a fur cuff on a mirror base. Fête attendees bid on hundreds of auction items and participated in a raffle.
Anne Favret, President of LLL, welcomed the festively clad group, followed by Chair Joy Hocke North introducing the Mistress of Ceremonies, Camille Whitworth of WDSU-TV. The ceiling high Christmas tree sparkled to life as the “Light the Tree” names were read. Christy Saladino served as Co-Chair.
The short opening ceremony was followed by the highlight of the day, the Dillard’s fashion show, “Best of Broadway.” The upbeat show brought to life popular plays: Chorus Line, Grease, Evita, Pajama Game, Jersey Boys, Cats, Sweet Charity, Phantom of the Opera and White Christmas. Singer Jesse Hill sang songs from Broadway hits.
Special guests were the two children and young adult from Ochsner Hospital for Children: Emily Grace Peters, Kamrie Sylve and Kelsey Sparks. They were the hit of the show as they modeled clothing from Dillard’s. The show ended with the entrance of Santa Claus.
EVENT AT A GLANCE
What: “Fete de Noel,” benefiting Ladies Leukemia League
When: Friday, December 5, 2014
Where: Hilton Riverside