La Vie de Ville: Cancer Crusaders dine, dance for a cause

This past weekend Cancer Crusaders, the all volunteer-based nonprofit organization, held one of its major fundraisers of the year.

The Crusaders’ elegant dinner dance took place in the grand ballroom of the Chateau Golf and Country Club as more than 200 Cancer Crusader patrons enjoyed a gourmet buffet with all the trimmings.

Guests danced the night away to the swinging sounds of one of the areas most-popular bands, The Wise Guys, and bid on a menu of impressive auction items that ranged from overnight hotel stays and packages to fine art and jewelry items, all of it donated by area businesses.

Chairing the gala event this year were sisters Joan Ingram and Jean Rice, and both were very busy greeting their guests as many of the key players in this most worthwhile cause were on hand to mix and mingle for purpose of raising funds for cancer research.

What’s important to remember about Cancer Crusaders is that all of the proceeds raised through their efforts are donated to the Louisiana Cancer Research Consortium. Since 1976, CC has donated more than $2.5 million toward this end.

The LSU Stanley S. Scott Cancer Center, under the direction of Dr. Prescott Deininger, and Tulane University’s Cancer Center, under the direction of Dr. Augusto Ochoa, work closely together as co-directors of the consortium for the collective purpose of unlocking the key to a cure for cancer. Both Dr. Deininger and Dr. Ochoa attended the Cancer Crusader gala event.

According to statistics, Louisiana has some of the highest rates of cancer in the country. Each of us is vested in finding a cure. For information, go to http://www.cancercrusadersla.com.

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