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‘2017 Belles and Beaus Ball’ to benefit The American Cancer Society, honor 20 New Orleanians in its fight against cancer

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In its quest “to finish the fight against cancer,” the Greater New Orleans American Cancer Society (ACS) will hold its 17th annual Belles & Beaus Ball at Mardi Gras World (1380 Port of New Orleans Pl.) on Friday, September 22 from 6:00pm-11:00pm with proceeds benefiting “cancer research, education, advocacy, and patient services.” 
With a theme of “Soar Beyond,” the Belles and Beau Ball will feature an elegant dinner of food and drink from over 40 New Orleans restaurants, live music, a live auction to benefit the ACS and its “mission to create a world free from the pain and suffering of cancer.”
“This year’s event will build on our success with another large-scale gala that continues to surprise,” noted Katherine Kleinpeter Raymond, 2017 Event Chair. “Returning favorites include the band Karma, ample and interesting food and drink options, an upstairs lounge with special opportunities such as caricature and jewelry pulls, and unique auction items such as vacations and pieces from popular New Orleans artists. New will be a VIP pre-party for our top donors, as well as entertainment highlights such as an aerialist.” 
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. The honorees include: Carla Adams, Kiki Baker Barnes, Crystal Bell, Ruby Brewer, Laura Claverie, Ashlie Cocheles, Deirdre Hooper, Sarabpreet Khara, Shelby Sanderford, Alix Schaubhut, Steven Blumhagen, Jerry Bologna, John Colfry, David Gaines, Jake Giardina, Eric Griggs, Michael Milling, Dr. Oliver Sartor, Carl Schaubhut, and Giorgio Valobra.

“The event’s focus on honoring 20 of New Orleans’ most impactful individuals through cancer care, prevention, community work, and civic engagement is the highlight of the evening,” continued Katherine. “To see friends and family celebrate their honorees, men and women who are survivors and tireless fighters in the battle against cancer, is a fitting culmination to the evening.”  
“More than just honorees, the Belles and Beaus are caring, compassionate, and dedicated,” added Shannon McCloskey Able, 2017 Event Chair Elect. “Recently, they got together to cook dinner for the visitors of the Patrick F. Taylor Hope Lodge, which provides overnight accommodations and a community of support to patients who live in or come to New Orleans for cancer treatment. They were able to connect with them, listen to their stories, and share their battles.”
For both Katherine and Shannon, cancer has impacted them personally. “The American Cancer Society is important to me because the only possible answer to the prevalence of cancer in our city is to keep pushing,” said Katherine. “We have to keep pushing for better education on the importance of screening, for increased access to care, for quality care, and for breakthrough technologies. I've lost many, but my mother’s two victories over cancer give me hope. ACS is a large, impactful force successfully fighting cancer in New Orleans and I want to be part of that.” 
Shannon continued, “I have watched family members and friends with cancer suffer - some winning their battles and some losing. All demonstrated amazing strength, perseverance, and determination. It is in their honor that I want to make a difference in the fight against cancer. Volunteering with ACS, I can envision a world that is cancer-free. ACS’s commitment to research, education, advocacy, and service for all types of cancer will help us to make sure we prevent cancer, reduce the suffering of cancer and save lives.”
She concluded, “Each one of us is or will be impacted by cancer personally, whether that be a family member, a friend, or a colleague. At the Belles and Beaus Ball, we celebrate the lives of those impacted by cancer. Together we can beat cancer.”

WHAT: 2017 Belles & Beaus Ball
WHEN: Friday, September 22 (6:00pm-11:00pm)
WHERE: Mardi Gras World (3800 Port of New Orleans Place)

Last modified on Friday, 15 September 2017
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