Beloved Event Features Cancer Patients, Survivors, Celebrities and Sponsors in a Fashion Show
As They Take the Runway for Pediatric Cancer Research
Children’s Cancer Fund (CCF) will host its 26thAnnual Luncheon on Friday, April 4, 2014, at 10 a.m. (auction and champagne reception) and at 11:30 a.m. (Luncheon and Fashion Show presentation) in the Chantilly Ballroom of the Hilton Anatole, 2201 Stemmons Fwy., Dallas, Texas 75207. Longtime Honorary Co-Chairs Troy Aikman and Roger Staubach will join Luncheon Co-Chairs Tyler Kuelbs and Stacie Wells, along with an outstanding lineup of celebrities and local media, to take the runway with 21 young cancer patients and numerous pediatric cancer survivors in a special runway fashion show, sponsored by Dillard’s and produced by RSC Show Productions. KDFW FOX 4 News Anchors and supporters Steve Eagar and Clarice Tinsley will serve as Master and Mistress of Ceremonies at the event. The luncheon is slated to raise over $250,000 for pediatric cancer research.
Children’s Cancer Fund brings together a host of local celebrities, dignitaries, sponsors, and media personalities who attend the luncheon to serve as runway escorts for the Children’s Medical Center patients modeling in the fashion show. The luncheon and fashion show raise awareness and funds for children’s cancer research at Children’s Medical Center while serving as a positive social-psychological experience for children undergoing cancer treatment. Current escorts include Troy Aikman, Roger Staubach, Rudy Gatlin, current Dallas Cowboys players, Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, and more!
“With over $7 million in funds raised, since 1982, for pediatric cancer research, Children’s Cancer Fund continues to fund critical research while improving treatments for hundreds of children throughout the greater North Texas community,” said Luncheon Co-Chair Tyler Kuelbs. “A significant amount of these funds are raised through CCF’s Annual Luncheon. This day brings children living with cancer together for an unforgettable, embracing, and heartwarming experience.”
Tickets for the 26th Annual Luncheon are $150 each or $1,250 per table of 10. Contact Children’s Cancer Fund at 972-664-1450 or visit their website at www.ChildrensCancerFund.com for reservations and more information. This year raffle tickets for $100 will be sold in advance of and at the event for a chance to receive a 2014 Mercedes CLA. Proceeds from the event will go to Children’s Cancer Fund to help advance pediatric cancer research and treatment programs at Children’s Medical Center and UT Southwestern Medical Center, benefiting children worldwide. The luncheon is slated to raise more than $250,000 for pediatric cancer research.
Children’s Cancer Fund was founded 32 years ago by a coalition of parents whose children were receiving cancer therapy at Children’s Medical Center. The organizers have since been joined by community leaders, dedicated volunteers, and health professionals in their fundraising efforts. CCF is one of the nation’s leading fundraising groups in supporting local research toward treatment and prevention of childhood cancers. Among the programs supported by Children’s Cancer Fund are the Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Fellowship Program at Children's Medical Center and the Children's Cancer Fund Comprehensive Center for Research in Pediatric Oncology at UT Southwestern Medical Center, which is gaining a national reputation for its work in eradicating childhood cancer. In 2002, Children’s Cancer Fund initiated funding for a full-time Child Life Assistant at Children’s Medical Center’s Pauline Allen Gill Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders to assist the outpatient team. The primary goal of the Child Life Assistant is to make each of the 80-90 daily outpatients’ visits a more positive experience. This position is funded annually by CCF, helping to ease the emotional strain of ongoing treatments, some lasting several years.
Children’s Cancer Fund has created a special 2014 Children’s Cancer Fund Inspiration Book for this year’s luncheon that will be unveiled at the show in support of pediatric cancer research. The photo book will include photos of the children, honorary chairs and physicians as well as original artwork by the cancer patients participating in the fashion show. CCF Inspiration Books are $15 each, with proceeds going to Children’s Cancer Fund to support pediatric cancer research and treatment programs at Children’s Medical Center and UT Southwestern. To purchase copies after the luncheon, please call Children’s Cancer Fund at 972-664-1450 or visit www.ChildrensCancerFund.com
“The enthusiasm, support, and love in the ballroom the day of the fashion show is nothing short of inspiring,” said Luncheon Co-Chair Stacie Wells. “It’s beautiful to see everyone come together with their time, treasures, and talents for the children. This level of commitment ensures that Children’s Cancer Fund is truly a movement for a pediatric cancer-free tomorrow.”
Sponsors of the 2014 Luncheon and Fashion Show, to date, include: Fashion Presenter: Dillard’s; Media Sponsor: KLUV 98.7; Ruby Sponsors: PSAV, Texas de Brazil; Emerald Sponsors: Jennifer Stroud Foundation, The Cain Foundation; Diamond Sponsors: American Airlines, BMC Software, CBS Outdoor, Children’s Medical Center, DFW Actors Give Back, GRO Designs, Hilton Anatole, Marianne & Roger Staubach, McCullough Foundation in honor of Kaitlyn Wade, Prashe Décor, Troy Aikman, US Bioservices; Sapphire Sponsors: Albertsons, Belmont Icehouse, Camera2Productions.com, Fentress-Brown Foundation, KROGER, Lipshy Family Philanthropic Fund, Park Place Motorcars Dallas, RSC Show Productions, The Olmstead Family, Yontz Family Farms in honor of Jack Maurer; Opal Sponsors: at&t Pioneers Dallas Council, Brad and Lindy Berkley, Elite Appliance, Exposure Soul Photography, Jeffrey McWhorter Photography, Living Magazine Las Colinas/Coppell Edition; Moretrees.com Photography, The Beck Group.
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Children’s Cancer Fund (CCF), founded in 1982, supports clinical and laboratory research for pediatric cancer. CCF raises funds through charitable events and donations from the public and private sectors of industry, foundations, trusts, and individuals interested in fighting pediatric cancer. Since its inception, CCF has awarded over $7 million in grants. This organization seeks to partially relieve the medical and research staff of the burden of obtaining and administering funds for this research and treatment and to assist in the formulation and implementation of long range plans for the development of Children's Medical Center and UT Southwestern Medical Center as nationally recognized programs for the investigation and treatment of childhood cancer. The Children’s Cancer Fund office is located at 10300 N. Central Expressway, Suite 463, Dallas, TX 75231. (Phone) 972-664-1450. (Fax) 972-664-1425. For more information, please call Children’s Cancer Fund at 972-664-1450 or visit www.ChildrensCancerFund.com.