American Cancer Society’s Annual Belles And Beaus Ball To Benefit Cancer Research, Education, Advocacy, Patient Services

NEW ORLEANS – The American Cancer Society’s (ACS) 17th annual Belles & Beaus Ball of New Orleans, “Soar Beyond,” will include an elegant dinner with delicious cuisine from more than 40 New Orleans restaurants, late-night dancing and entertainment, spectacular live and silent auctions, and much more, all benefiting the ACS and its mission to create a world free from the pain and suffering of cancer, organizers said.

         New to this year’s event on Friday, Sept. 22, at Mardi Gras World, 1380 Port of New Orleans Pl., from 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m., will be a VIP Patron Party preceding the ball, from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., where guests will mingle with the belles and beaus in the exclusive Grand Oaks Mansion Room at Mardi Gras World. Patrons will also enjoy complimentary valet parking, cuisine from Uptown’s finest restaurants including Clancy’s, Patios and Boucherie, as well as specialty cocktails from Stoli and Superior Seafood, organizers said.

         The annual event will honor 20 individuals who have made significant contributions in the fight against cancer.

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         This year’s ACS Belles include:

• Ruby Brewer, SVP, chief quality and nursing officer, East Jefferson Medical Center

• Laura Claverie, retired freelance writer, New Orleans Magazine

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• Sarabpreet Khara, MBA, MHA, vice president of Neuroscience, HCA Osceola Regional Medical Center

• Alix Schaubhut, co-founder and owner, Grace Pilates and Yoga                    

• Dr. Deirdre Hooper, MD, owner/dermatologist, Audubon Dermatology

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• Kiki Baker Barnes, athletic director, Dillard University

• Shelby Sanderford, founder, YIPS, LLC

• Crystal Bell, director of marketing, Take 5 Oil

• Ashlie Chocheles, physician account executive, Quest Diagnostics

• Carla Adams, event planner, Carla Adams Events


         This year’s ACS Beaus include:

• Dr. John Colfry, III., MD, breast surgical oncologist, Touro Infirmary

• Dr. Oliver Sartor, MD, medical oncologist, Tulane University School of Medicine

• Jacob Giardina, president and CEO, Honiron Corporation

• Carl Schaubhut, owner/chef, Bacobar & DTB

• Jerry Bologna, president and CEO, Jefferson Economic Development Commission

• Michael Milling, teacher and advisor, Isidore Newman School

• Dr. Eric D. Griggs, M.D., director of community medicine, Access Health LA

• Steven Blumhagen, account executive, Eustis Insurance

• David Gaines, CEO, system retail services and SVP of public affairs, Ochsner Health Systems

• Giorgio Valobra, owner, Valobra Antiques


         The evening’s hosts are three-time Emmy Award-winning journalist and Fox 8 anchor Nancy Parker along with her husband, longtime newsman turned public information officer for Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, Glen Boyd.  This year’s event is chaired by Katherine Kleinpeter Raymond and vice chair Shannon McCloskey Able. Dr. Larry Hollier is serving as 2017 Honorary Chair of Hope.

         Performances include aerial artist Liza Rose and local band Karma. Auction items feature spectacular vacation homes in Hawaii and California’s Central Coast, as well as weekend getaways in Beverly Hills and San Francisco, vintage platinum and diamond hand-assembled ribbon earrings, and a bottle of the incredibly rare Pappy VanWinkle Bourbon, signed by Julian P. VanWinkle III himself. Chuck Mutz will serve as auctioneer. Kendra Scott will be back once again for its popular 50-bag jewelry pull. The event will also offer a new wine pull containing more than 50 high-end wines, including a priceless 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon New Orleans Pete Fountain Collector’s Edition.

         Proceeds from the Belles & Beaus Ball benefit the American Cancer Society’s programs in research, education, advocacy and patient services.

         The dress code for the evening is black-tie optional.

         Title sponsors include Ochsner Health Systems. Gold donors include Burk- Kleinpeter Inc., Receivable Recovery Services, HEROfarm Marketing and PR, and The Ross Mullooly Project. Silver donors include Bart’s Office Furniture, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, Degan, Blanchard & Nash, Driven Charitable Foundation, Dr. & Mrs. Sidney Raymond, Dr. & Mrs. Steve Venturatos, Eustis Insurance, Mr. & Mrs. Patrick Able, Otto Candies, The Sanderford Family, and Tulane Cancer Center. Media Sponsors include Fox 8 WVUE New Orleans, St. Charles Avenue Magazine, New Orleans Magazine, Biz Magazine, and

         Tickets are available until Sept. 22, here


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