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February 9, 2016 - 8:28pm | 52°F Life Savers/Header for web.png Life Savers/BTA Typeface.pngThe 2015 Life Savers Ball: A Black Tie Affair will be held on Saturday, August 29, 2015 at Sam's Town Casino and Hotel.  The 2015 Chairman is Jodi Penn Rives.

The Life Savers Ball is in its 18th year  Proceeds from the event fund the Idea Grant program at Feist-Weiller Cancer Center, which is designed to help the researchers at Feist-Weiller Cancer Center and LSU Health Shreveport develop their ideas to combat the cancer epidemic in their individual areas of expertise.  All Life Saver funds remain here.

In 2014, Dr. Sherin and Mr. Matt Mercer and Dr. Ellie and Mr. Matt Hudnall chaired the event, which raised a record $153,400.  Feist-Weiller Cancer Center awarded three $40,000 Idea Grants to Drs. Stephen Alexander, Lynn Harrison, and Gulshan Sunavala-Dossahoy.  Dr. Sunavala-Dossahoy was able to take the $40,000 that she was awarded for her Idea Grant research, and win a $47,000 Lift2 Grant from the LSU System.

Since 1998, 30 Idea Grants have been awarded for a total of $1,435,500.  Of the 30 Idea Grant recipients, 18 have successfully competed for state, national, or privately funded grants bringing $11,434,398 back into the community.  The investment made to Life Savers and the Idea Grant program has paid off eight-fold!  To read more about the research funded by the Idea Grant program, please click here.

The 2015 Life Savers Ball is a Black Tie Affair.  Every-other year, the event is formal, and this year, chairman Jodi Penn Rives has designed the event with her personal classically elegant style.  Cocktail hour starts at 7pm, and dinner is served at 8pm.  Entertainment will be provided by Musical Fantasy.

Each week, the event coordinators showcase a silent auction item through our social media Sneak Peeks.  To view the Sneak Peek album, click here

In 2014, the event sold out in July, three months before the event.  Click here to reserve your table today.  If you have questions, please call Anne Higdon at (318) 813-1423 or email at  For a full-sized sponsorship flier, please click here.

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