Our Mission

Our Inspiration

Over the past years, two of our closest friends, Larry Ferachi and Joel Nasca, lost their battles with prostate cancer.  We have witnessed first-hand, the emotional and physical suffering this horrendous disease carries with it. Joel and Larry conducted extensive research and traveled the country participating in clinical trials.  They were most impressed with Dr. Oliver Sartor.

How the Money Will be Used

Dr. Oliver Sartor

Our primary beneficiary is Dr. Sartor – a world-renowned prostate cancer expert and the only medical oncologist in Louisiana specializing in advanced prostate cancer.  We feel it is important to continue in Joel & Larry’s quest to help Dr. Sartor, who has devoted his life to finding a cure.

Mary Bird Perkins

A portion of the money raised will be donated to Mary Bird Perkins to be used for prostate cancer screenings in the Greater Baton Rouge Area.

Cancer Services

A portion of the money raised will be donated to Cancer Services to provide grants to prostate cancer patients to be used as needed for their medical care.

Our Purpose

Our purpose is to increase awareness of the importance of early detection of prostate cancer as well as raising funds for research. We have raised over $700,000 over six years and have been instrumental in having LSU Blue gymnastic meets and baseball games.

Our Event

The Blue Ribbon Soirée is a fun-filled night with delicious food and beverages from nearly 20 vendors. It includes silent and live auctions, a raffle and a cork pull. Guests are encouraged to dress in blue.

Our Future

We vow to stay passionate about this cause and ask you to join us.  Each year we hear of recent diagnoses with an increase in success stories. All efforts are devoted to our grandfathers, fathers, brothers, sons, grandsons, and friends who may one day be diagnosed with this disease.

We ask that you join us in our mission and support our annual Blue Ribbon Soirée.

Chair Committee

  • Kathy Lato
  • Ricky Lato
  • Janey Nasca

Committee Members

  • Jude Bernhard
  • Gretta Blankenship
  • Joleen Hayes
  • Jen Hebert
  • Liz Laenger
  • Ronnie Maranto
  • Heather Termini
  • Daniel Williams

Honorary Chairpersons

  • Coach D-D Breaux
  • Coach Paul Mainieri
  • Will Wade