The ninth annual Cancer Crusaders Mark Mitchell Golf Tournament, dedicated to the memory of Dr. Keith Collins, will take place Monday at Chateau Golf and Country Club, 3600 Chateau Blvd., Kenner.

Collins, the father of six children and a prominent local pediatrician, died last August at the age of 45 from cholangiocarcinoma, a rare form of cancer.

“The outpouring of love and respect for Keith continues to overwhelm us,” said Collins’ widow, Jennifer Collins. “My family appreciates so much the prayers and support that continue for us and also for Keith.

“Keith always wanted to help people, so if lending his name can help a cause which helps cancer research, then my family will do whatever we can. Cancer is such an important issue in the lives of so many, many people. You just hear so often more and more people who have been diagnosed with cancer. As a family, we want to do whatever we can to find a cure for this horrible disease.”

Check-in for the tournament begins at 10:30 a.m., and the shotgun start is at noon. The $250 cost per person includes lunch, refreshments, a buffet after the tournament, a parade of prizes and both a silent and a live auction. All proceeds will be shared equally between Louisiana State University and Tulane University Medical Schools for cancer research.

Also, Jennifer Collins will host a cocktail reception at her Metairie home Friday evening before the tournament for all players, and others wishing to attend may do so for $100 per person.

Debbie Buchler and Kathy Pastorek are co-chairs of the tournament. They said the proceeds from the Friday night event will be added to the golf tournament profits.

Cancer Crusaders is a local, all-volunteer, nonprofit group organized in 1965. And since the tournament’s inception eight years ago, almost $700,000 has been raised.

For more information, call Buchler at (504) 913-3041 or Pastorek at (504) 994-6760. You can also email or

Irish-Italian Parade is Sunday

The 2016 parade season wraps up Sunday with the 34th annual Irish-Italian Parade at noon in Metairie.

John Micel is Irish grand marshal, and Dolph Federico is the Italian grand marshal.

The parade begins inside Clearview Shopping Center and heads east on Veterans Memorial Boulevard. It will turn north on Severn Avenue and U-turns at 17th Street. It heads back to Veterans, turning east and will disband at Veterans and Martin Behrman Avenue. The parade will not turn onto Bonnabel Boulevard.

Before the parade, there will be two additional events, beginning Wednesday with a toasting party at 4 p.m. at Stepbrothers Bar and Grill, 4971 West Napoleon Ave., Metairie. There will be free food and refreshments.

And the group’s dinner dance is from 8 p.m. to midnight Friday at Chateau Golf and Country Club, 3600 Chateau Blvd., Kenner. The cost is $70 per person and includes an Irish-Italian buffet, an open bar and music by The Top Cats.

For more information, email Jason Renton at or to Martin Reinschmidt at

Garage sale for a good cause

St. Matthew’s United Methodist Women will sponsor a “Treasures and Trinkets” garage sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the church, 6017 Camphor St., Metairie.

Items for sale include kitchen items, glassware, holiday items, purses, belts and shoes for women, appliances, toys, children’s clothing, furniture and books.

Proceeds will be used to fund the group’s mission work here and around the world.

For more information, call (504) 888-1155.

Easter egg hunt

The Oak Cove Civic Association will hold an Easter egg hunt at 1 p.m. on Sunday along the parkway on Pritchard Road and Barataria Boulevard in Marrero.

There also will be arts and crafts and a coloring contest.

The event is free and open to all residents of the Oak Cove subdivision.

For more information, email Doris Cozzens at or at

Eva Jacob Barkoff writes about the people and events in Jefferson Parish. She can be reached at