March 26, 2021
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Taylor Porter Partner and Executive Committee Member Brett Furr was crowned prom court king Thursday night, ranking as the top male fundraiser for the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center "The Gala Goes Grease" 2021 virtual event. The event raised more than $300,000 for cancer research and treatment for Baton Rouge patients. Tara McKernan, Executive Assistant for GMFS Mortgage, was crowned queen for ranking as the top female fundraiser.
Brett and Tara were joined on the Prom Court by: Matt Adler, CEO, Kinesics; Whitney Breaux, Founder, Day 18 Campaign; Donald Chube, Community Relations/Sponsorship Activities, LA Lottery; Lauren Mongrue, Senior Sales Executive, Lipsey's; Ashley Mullens, Director of External and Governmental Affairs, LSU Ag Center; Samir Patel, MD, Physician, The NeuroMedical Center; Erin Pou, Ad Director, 225 Magazine; and Chase Rainey, Project Manager, Performance Contractors, Inc.
Venturing back to the 1950s, "The Gala Goes Grease" variety show production graced smart devices and TV screens through Facebook Live, and people were entertained with witty dialogue, over the top performances, meaningful patient stories, a convenient auction experience, and an exciting Prom Court announcement, all presented by Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry, GMFS Mortgage, and additional corporate sponsors.
Taylor Porter, as a sponsor of the event, held one of several watch parties around the city. Taylor Porter attorneys Robin Toups, Katie Goodson, and Ashley Meredith served as Gala committee members to help organize the 2021 event.
Furr is in his second year as a board member for the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Foundation, and he is a former chair of the board of directors of the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center. At Taylor Porter, Furr engages primarily in a real estate, commercial litigation and banking practice.
Seeing more than 3,500 patients per year, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center is a regional cancer care organization that has been fighting cancer for more than 45 years. With centers in Baton Rouge, Covington, Hammond, Houma and Gonzales, its service area encompasses 18 parishes across southeast Louisiana. Taylor Porter’s support of Mary Bird Perkins - Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center dates back more than 30 years, as the Firm has annually participated in “Geaux Pink” fundraising activities; in the Susan G. Komen Walk; and in the Merrill Lynch Open. In 2017, Taylor Porter received a “Community Partner” Award from Mary Bird for its “Geaux Pink” fundraising efforts. The Gala is a signature fundraising event for Mary Bird Perkins Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center and Cancer Services,and unfortunately due to COVID-19, the in-person event has moved to virtual this year.