The Annual “Hope Floats,” a benefit in memory of John J. Lee, Sr., raised $24,000 to support cancer care at East Jefferson General Hospital. The fundraising event hosted over 250 guests at the Krewe of Thoth Den and featured live music by New Orleans Arrhythmia, a silent auction and a $1,000 raffle prize sponsored by Delta World Tires.

John J. Lee, Sr. passed away in 1986 at the age of 58 from colon cancer. Before his passing, he initiated the John J. Lee, Sr. Benefit to raise funds for cancer research and treatment at East Jefferson General Hospital. Now in its 31st year, the grandchildren of John Lee, Sr. host the event to carry on the legacy of their grandfather.

“Hope Floats truly holds a special place in my heart,” said Ashley Schepens, granddaughter of John Lee, Sr. “It continues a tradition that my grandfather started thirty-one years ago. Raising money to support cancer research and treatment at EJGH was a cause that was important to him, having been diagnosed with cancer himself and under the care of the wonderful doctors at EJGH. Hope Floats was a great success and we are so appreciative of our friends and family who help in our mission to continue grow it bigger and better each year.”

Event proceeds support East Jefferson General Hospital’s Living Well Integrative Medicine Nutrition Program that helps oncology patients to prevent weight loss, promote preventative and healing capabilities, and compliments patients' overall health.

For more information on how to get involved with The Foundation and for a list of upcoming events, visit http://ejgh.org/community/foundationgiving.