Models for an evening: North Texas children walk runway for cancer awareness

April 20, 2017 - Plano Star Courier

Dallas Cowboy cheerleader (left) Ashley, mascot Rowdy and cheerleader Rachel walk the state with Juan Lopez at the Children's Cancer Fund Annual Gala at the Hilton Anatole.

The annual Children’s Cancer Fund Banquet gives kids going through treatment a brief diversion from their battle with cancer. The event, slated to raise more than $1 million, will feature Plano children turned runway models for the evening.

"The Children's Cancer Fund originated through parents of children going through treatment at Children's,” said Jennifer Arthur, CCF executive director of development. “They wanted an opportunity for those kids to just get a break from their day-to-day struggles of treatment and being at the hospital."

The gala will feature children who are undergoing treatment for cancer at Children's Health in Dallas. The children, “models” for the fashion show, are escorted down the runway by Troy Aikman and Roger Staubach, as well as other celebrities and sponsors.

This year, the event is themed “Broadway Nights and Runway Lights.” This marks the 29th annual fundraiser of its kinds, but it was not always such a large production.

"The event has grown,” Arthur said. “The Children's Cancer Fund event used to be a luncheon. This is the 29th year for the event and it has grown drastically since the days of the luncheon. It's grown from the amount of people that attend, it's grown from the fundraising perspective and it's grown from the community involvement as well."

Friday’s gala will begin at 6 p.m. with a champagne reception, while the main event, dinner and the fashion show, will kick off at 7:15 p.m. This all takes place at the Hilton Anatole Hotel, 2201 N. Stemmons Freeway. According to Arthur, around 800 people had RSVP’d as of Tuesday afternoon.

Proceeds from the gala go to Children’s Cancer Fund to support pediatric cancer research and treatment programs at Children's Medical Center. Since 1982, Children’s Cancer Fund has donated almost $8 million to this cause. The Children’s Cancer Fund spring event is the organization’s largest annual fundraiser for pediatric cancer. Throughout the year, the organization hosts a variety of other events to continue fundraising and giving children with cancer a small break from their battle.

Individual tickets are $300 or $2,750 for a table of 10. Contact Children’s Cancer Fund at 972-664-1450 or visit for reservations and more information.


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