The Taste 2014 Announces The Match

Fundraising Challenge Sponsored By Laurée and Jim Bob Moffett


(Baton Rouge, La.) The Taste, an annual fundraiser benefiting local cancer patients, is a fun evening for a serious cause in support of Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center and its fight against cancer.  One hundred percent of all proceeds from this May 1, 2014 event will directly support cancer awareness, early detection and screening programs in our local community.

Cancer Center supporters Laurée and Jim Bob Moffett have announced that they will match all donations made to The Taste during the week of April 2-12 – dollar for dollar up to $10,000 – in honor of Laurée’s mother, Betty LaFleur Zachariah, who was treated at the Cancer Center. “We are firm believers that the gift of giving back to the community is the best gift of all!” said Laurée Moffett. The Match Fundraising Challenge is open to anyone who would like to make a donation to The Taste or purchase tickets to attend the event.

“We are pleased to partner with the Moffetts on this great opportunity. Because of their generosity, donations of all sizes–large or small–will go even further toward helping those most in need in our community,” emphasized Ethan Bush, vice president and Chief Development Officer, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center. “It’s great for people to know that any contributions will actually go twice as far.”

For more information on The Taste or the March Fundraising Challenge, please visit or call (225) 215-1221.

About Laurée Zachariah Moffett and James R. Moffett

Born and raised in Baton Rouge, Lauree attended LSU where she received a Bachelor of Science degree and continued her post-graduate education focusing on interior design. She is a philanthropist whose leadership roles reflect her many and varied interests, including the National Children’s Tumor Foundation and the Neuroscience Research Initiative Program for Dell Children’s Hospital. She is a founding member of the Women’s Trust for the Dell Children’s Medical Center Foundation in Austin.

James ‘Jim Bob’ Moffet was born in Houma, La. and raised in Houston, Tx. He holds a B.S. degree in Geology from the University of Texas and a master’s in Geology from Tulane University. He is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Freeport-McMorRan Copper & Gold Inc., serves on numerous boards and has been a noted civic leader. As a result, he has received many awards and honors from a varity of organizations. He is also a member of the American Mining Hall of Fame, Mining Foundation of the Southwest; and the Board of Advisors of the Darrell K. Royal Research Fund for Alzheimer’s Disease. 

Mary Bird Perkins—Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center is the most comprehensive cancer center in Louisiana offering patients the convenience of receiving high-quality, advanced care close to home. The Cancer Center is part of the National Cancer Institute Community Cancer Centers Program (NCCCP), a group of competitively selected cancer centers developing a national model for community cancer care.