The 20th Anniversary Friends of Kids with Cancer Fashion Show and Boutique on Thursday, November 8th, at the Ritz-Carlton St. Louis raised $200,000 for our programs!
The luncheon and dinner shows attracted over 1,100 people throughout the day and night. The red-carpet gala featured boutique shopping and gourmet food and drinks. Our dear friend, Guy Phillips, of Y98 served once again as our Master of Ceremonies. For the first time, Friends partnered with Lucky You Productions to create the perfect runway show, which featured patients and survivors who have joined the "Friends Family" over the last 20 years.
Most importantly, this event features the kids and celebrates their courage. Each model receives a bevy of gifts suited to their personal preferences, from a Barbie-themed Power Wheels convertible to a full-sized basketball hoop for the backyard! In addition to of all the gifts, the models are treated to pizza and pool party in between shows, and a fun night's stay at the Crown Plaza hotel. This experience is a real opportunity to build their self-esteem and confidence, making every child feel beautiful and allow them to walk in the limelight to thunderous applause.
We would also like to recognize the chairs of the event: Merri Cross, Kelly Buchanan, and Lisa Nixon. Without them and our volunteer committee, this outstanding event would not be possible!