The Cancer Crusaders will honor eight cancer survivors who also are community activists during its 16th annual Celebration of Life luncheon at 10 a.m. Oct. 28 at the New Orleans Marriott Hotel, 555 Canal St.
The honorees are Tony Abadie, Carol Hall, Walter Leger Jr., Bobbi Long, Leslie Robert Marsh, Linda Morgan, Angela Frick Rattler and Nettie Williams.
Cancer Crusaders is a local, nonprofit, all-volunteer organization established in 1976 to raise money for cancer research in the New Orleans area. All proceeds are divided equally between LSU Health Sciences Center and Tulane Cancer Center. To date, Cancer Crusaders has donated more than $3.5 million to LSU and Tulane for cancer research.
The deadline to purchase tickets is Friday and the prices range from $75 to $100 per person. That includes food, performances by the Magazine Street Jazz Band and the Fleur-de-Lis Quartet and the Ray Cole designer fashion show. There also will be a parade of prizes, raffles and an auction.
Dawn Miller is organizing the event, and Richard Buchsbaum will serve as master of ceremonies.
For tickets and more information, go to the website 501auctions.com/cancercrusaders or call (504) 456-7083.
Here is more about the honorees.
TONY ABADIE: Abadie recently joined the Besh Restaurant Group after retiring from more than 30 years in the hospitality industry, culminating as director of catering at the New Orleans Hilton Riverside. He is the co-founder and vice president of the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation, a nonprofit started after Hurricane Katrina which produces the Louisiana Seafood Festival. He also is a board member of the Fore!Kids Foundation.
CAROL HALL: Hall is a representative and marketing manager for Laboratory Corp. of America. She is a volunteer for the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Woman’s Guild of the New Orleans Opera Association, BRAVO, Friends of City Park, St. Elizabeth’s Guild and the National World War II Museum.
WALTER LEGER JR.: Leger, a partner at the law firm of Leger and Shaw, is the former president of the New Orleans Zephyrs. He is past board chairman of the New Orleans Regional Chamber of Commerce and has served as chairman of the St. Bernard Economic Development Foundation Commission. Leger is a member of the boards of the LSU Health Sciences Center, the Delgado Foundation, the Nunez Foundation and the board of the Louisiana Cancer Research Center.
BOBBI LONG: Long is a retired medical technologist who spent her career in the labs of Charity Hospital. In order to help the St. Vincent de Paul Society, Long helps organize care packages for needy families in the community. She also has previously raised funds for Radio for the Blind, where she serves on the board as the treasurer. Long has been very active with the Louisiana Breast Cancer Task Force. She also is an avid bridge player with the ranking of Life Master of Bridge.
LESLIE ROBERT MARSH: Marsh is a 10-year survivor of stage four breast cancer. Throughout her illness, she maintained her career at Tulane University in the Office of Stewardship and Donor Relations. She serves on the advisory committee for the Louisiana Center for Women in Government and Business and is a member of Son of a Saint. Marsh also has served on several committees at the Academy of the Sacred Heart, the American Heart Association, Race for the Cure and the Junior League of Greater New Orleans.
LINDA MORGAN: Morgan graduated magna cum laude from Loyola University with a bachelor's degree in communications in 1979 and later became a media specialist at Touro Infirmary. She earned a master's in communications from the University of New Orleans and directs the Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum's marketing and communication strategies. Morgan is involved in the Louisiana Breast Cancer Task Force and the New Orleans Artists Against Hunger and Homelessness.
ANGELA FRICK RATTLER: Rattler earned a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education and elementary education. She taught in New Orleans public schools, the Recovery School District and Charter Schools for 29 years. She is a member of Corpus Christi Epiphany Catholic Church and belongs to the Knights of Peter Claver Ladies Court 60. Rattler is involved in numerous activities at Touro Infirmary in New Orleans that involve working with cancer survivors.
NETTIE WILLIAMS: Williams is a longtime community volunteer. The Sisters Network brought Williams into the community to assist women with breast cancer. She attends Immaculate Conception Church in Baton Rouge where she serves on several parish committees. Williams also taught in elementary schools for more than 38 years.