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Leading the Crusade

Cancer Crusaders holds its annual fundraiser to benefit cancer research.

Dr. Augusto Ochoa, co-chair Joan Ingram, Dr. Prescott Deininger and co-chair Jean Rice

Photographed by Melissa Calico

Since 1976, Cancer Crusaders has dedicated itself to raising funds for cancer research in the New Orleans area. The nonprofit, all-volunteer organization held one of its major fundraisers of the year, “Dancing for the Cure,” in May at the Chateau Estates Country Club. Twin sisters Jean Rice and Joan Ingram chaired the event, and along with co-presidents Denise Woodward and Pat Golemi, greeted guests as they arrived. Guests were met at the door with trays of champagne followed by hors d’oeuvres in the grand ballroom.

Seafood stuffed mushrooms, artichoke and spinach spread and crab cakes were among the delicious fare offered throughout the evening. Peonies delicately floating in glass bowls accented each table, surrounded by ruched organza and tea lights. The Wise Guys kept the energy up and everyone on their feet the entire evening. Later in the night the band even jumped off stage to join the revelers on the dance floor.

The silent auction was equally as impressive as the entertainment. Lee Michaels donated a “Michele Deco” diamond watch while the Michalopoulos Gallery generously offered one of their custom-framed works of art. First NBC, The Lupin Foundation and the James R. Moffett Family Foundation were among some of the major sponsors.

Notable guests included Dr. Augusto Ochoa, director of Louisiana State University’s Stanley S. Scott Cancer Center, and Tulane’s Dr. Prescott Deininger. Both are also heavily involved in the Louisiana Cancer Research Consortium, which works with the state’s major medical centers to provide exceptional research, treatment and education.

All proceeds from the event went directly to the LCRC to strengthen their campaign to attract the best and the brightest research doctors to New Orleans research facilities.

Event at a Glance

What: “Dancing for the Cure,” benefiting the LCRC through Cancer Crusaders
When: Friday, May 17
Where: Chateau Estates Country Club

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