The American Cancer Society (ACS) will host its 19 th Annual Belles & Beaus Ball of New Orleans on Friday, Sept. 13, from 8:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. at Mardi Gras World . The VIP Patron Party will precede the Ball from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. This year's theme is titled, "The Keys of Hope." The evening includes an elegant dinner with delicious cuisine from 12 Seasons Catering , specialty cocktails by the Stoli Group, and entertainment by T. Ray the Violinist and the Royal Essence Showband . Attendees will enjoy late-night dancing, a spectacular silent auction, a jewelry raffle, designer handbag drawing, wine pull, and much more. The evening will also include a special moment memorializing three Ball honorees who passed away this year: Leslie Marsh, Nancy Parker, and Dr. Mark Peters. Proceeds from this year's event will help underwrite one year of operations at the Patrick F. Taylor Hope Lodge on River Road in New Orleans.