More than 175 guests turned out for an evening of fun, food and fashion and all in the name of helping children in need. Guests were treated to food and beverage during the cocktail hour that preceded the fashion show. Guests were able to bid on silent auction items and raffle prizes throughout the evening that ranged from spa experiences and sporting events to designer merchandise.
Thanks to all of the supporters who attended and donated product to the event, the MTJF was able to raise more than $15,000 that will go towards a developing Backpack Program which will serve local area school children in Iredell County.
Thank you again to all that participated and supported this wonderful evening. Next year’s date will be announced soon!
In 2010, Sherry (Martin’s girlfriend) came to him and asked how he would feel about hosting a fashion show to raise money for pediatric cancer. Sherry had a friend whose daughter Soleil had been diagnosed with a rare stage II Neuroblastoma at 3 years old. Sherry and Martin saw first-hand the struggles a family goes through emotionally and financially when a child is battling cancer: Catwalk for a Cause was born. The inaugural event hosted 50 guests and raised $10K. This enabled a Special Needs Fund to be established at Levine Children’s Hospital for financially deserving families. The instances are numerous each year for families already struggling with the high costs of cancer treatment when, unexpectedly, something non-medically related goes wrong and there is no extra money. No one should have to make a choice on replacing a home water heater or cover the cost of a treatment for their child fighting for his or her life.
We are so grateful to our sponsors, businesses and continued ticket purchasers, without all of you we could not continue the mission of helping families dealing with Pediatric Cancer. Less than 4% of the national cancer research budget is allocated to childhood cancer research, we are striving to change that.