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The Greater New Orleans American Cancer Society hosts the ‘2016 Belles and Beaus Ball’ at Mardi Gras World, September 23

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In its quest “to finish the fight against cancer,” the Greater New Orleans American Cancer Society (ACS) will hold its 16th annual Belles & Beaus Ball at Mardi Gras World (1380 Port of New Orleans Pl.) on Friday, September 23 from 6:00pm-11:30pm with proceeds benefiting “cancer research, education, advocacy, and patient services.” 
“The Belles & Beaus Ball is such a special event in our city,” said 2016 Co-Chair Dr. Katherine Raymond. “It brings together 800 people of all ages for a night that is both elegant and fun. The work of ACS is vital to creating more positive results and experiences for patients and families. We often feel powerless against cancer, but volunteering with ACS is something we can do to change people’s lives.”
With a theme of “A Salute to Survivors,” the Belles & Beaus Ball will feature an elegant dinner from over 40 New Orleans restaurants (including Taceaux Loceaux, Mulate’s, Drago’s Seafood Restaurant, and Galatoire’s Restaurant, among MANY more!), late-night dancing with the Crescent Kings & Jailhouse Rockers and local band Karma, and a live and silent auction (including items from NOLA Motorsports, artist Terrance Osborne, the Mystic Krewe of Louisiana’s Washington Mardi Gras, and Kendra Scott Jewelry) to benefit the ACS and its “mission to create a world free from the pain and suffering of cancer.”

This year’s Ball will also “highlight an art installation called the “Wall of Hope,” which will pay tribute to those who have bravely fought or are presently conquering cancer, and honoring the memory of those who are no longer with us.”
“The Wall of Hope is a new addition this year that allows ACS supporters to honor loved ones and for their photos and stories to be available for patrons to see at the Ball,” Dr. Raymond explained. “My sisters and I donated in honor of my mother; we are so proud of her courage in the face of her own cancer, which she is now thankfully free of!”
In addition to all the food, music, fun, and mingling, twenty individuals (also known as the Belles and Beaus), “who have made significant contributions in the fight against cancer,” will be honored at the Ball.

“ACS provides a great deal of support and education to our cancer patients,” said honoree Susan Foret, Director of Cancer Services for Ochsner Health System. “The ACS organization has been a wonderful resource to our patients, team, and community and I am honored to have been chosen for the Belles & Beaus event this year.”

Honoree Lauren Marshall, Diversity & Community Relations Coordinator for Woodward Design+Build, continued, “I lost my uncle, Harold Baquet, and a very dear friend, Chris Bordenave, to cancer 5 months apart last year. They fought a good fight for years, but eventually cancer won. I want to continue the fight against cancer for them and all those who suffer.”
“The resources ACS provides for our patients are phenomenal!” exclaimed honoree Ronald Stein, clinical instructor and nurse practitioner at Tulane University School of Medicine. “We heavily rely on the Patrick F. Taylor Hope Lodge for assisting our patients and families who come from out of town. Having a cancer diagnosis is stressful enough for our patients, and the resources provided by ACS help make their lives a little easier.”   

Honoree Dr. Steven Venturatos, a graduate of Tulane Medical School, a board certified gastroenterologist, and a fellow of the American College of Gastroenterology, added, “ACS is important to me for a number of reasons. I have been treating cancer patients throughout my career and I have also had family members afflicted with cancer. My wife, Carol, who is an RN, and I want to participate in any way we can in the battle against cancer.”
Like Dr. Venturatos, for honoree Susan Brunet, President of Peoples Drug Store in Houma, “The ACS is very important because so many of my family members and friends have fought this disease. I am very humbled to receive this award.”

Honoree Shannon McCloskey Able, a dedicated ACS volunteer, noted that “Everyone is impacted in some way by cancer. The work that ACS does is amazing and I want to help generate awareness and money to help others. It’s amazing to be able to bring more attention to ACS and honor family and friends that have battled cancer - some who have won and some who had courageous battles.”  
“Cancer has impacted my family, friends, and work colleagues and a cancer free world should be the ultimate goal for all us!” added honoree Dr. Council Powell, District Manager of CVS Caremark Corp over the New Orleans market. “I don’t know of anyone who has not been affected by it. As a pharmacist, I took an oath to dedicate my life to servicing others through the pharmacy profession by embracing and advocating changes to improve patient care!”
The Belles & Beaus Ball honorees are committed to the mission of the American Cancer Society. Dr. Raymond noted, “I love that we honor people that exemplify the spirit of service, activism, and caregiving that is crucial to the fight against cancer. We have exceptional Belles and Beaus again this year.” 
2016 Chair Will Bryant, President/CEO of Pro Placement USA, concluded, “The work that ACS is doing and the funds that are raised are directly affecting someone that is dealing with cancer. The Belles & Beaus being honored at the Ball deserve all the recognition for their contributions and I look forward to celebrating with them and their family and friends as we support the American Cancer Society.”

WHAT: 2016 New Orleans Belles & Beaus Ball
WHAT: Friday, September 23 (6:00pm-11:30pm)
WHERE: Mardi Gras World Ballroom (1380 Port of New Orleans Place)

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