Children’s Cancer Fund raising money with fashion luncheon

dallas morning news

The Children’s Cancer Fund will host its 27th annual luncheon at 11:30 a.m. April 17 at the Hilton Anatole. Organizers say this year’s event is slated to raise more than $450,000 for pediatric cancer research and programs at Children’s Medical Center.

But the luncheon doesn’t just raise money; it allows cancer patients and survivors to model in their own fashion show with some of their heroes.

Twenty-one pediatric cancer patients and survivors will walk the runway. Escorts include two longtime honorary event chairmen: Troy Aikman, who chaired the luncheon for 18 years, and Roger Staubach, who chaired for 27 years. The other escorts include this year’s committee co-chairs, Cara Serber and Kathleen Strand, currentDallas Cowboys players, Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, Miss Texas Teen USA and Miss Texas America. Amber Carrington and Justin Rivers, both former contestants onNBC’s The Voice, will sing for the finale of the show.

The fashion show is sponsored by Dillard’s and produced by RSC Show Productions. KDFW-TV FOX 4 news anchors Steve Eagar and Clarice Tinsley will be the master and mistress of ceremonies.

“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,” Serber said. “A significant amount of these funds are raised through this annual luncheon. This day brings children living with cancer together for an unforgettable, embracing and heartwarming experience.”

Tickets are $150. Call 972-664-1450 or visit

Raffle tickets are $100 or six for $500, and the prize is a 2015 Nissan Altima, a 2015 Nissan Rogue or a $20,000 cash prize donated by Clay Cooley Automotive Group.

Sponsors include the media sponsor, 98.7 KLUV, and:

$25,000: Clay Cooley Automotive Group, PSAV and Texas de Brazil.

$15,000: Headington Cos. on behalf of The Joule and the Jennifer Stroud Foundation.

$10,000: Albertsons, American Airlines, BMC Software, Outfront Media Dallas, Children’s Health/Children’s Medical Center Foundation, GRO Designs, Hilton Anatole, Marianne and Roger Staubach, McCullough Foundation in honor of Kaitlyn Wade, Prashe Décor, Troy Aikman and US Bioservices.

$5,000: Belmont Icehouse, Camera2Productions, Kendra Scott, Kroger, Lipshy Family Philanthropic Fund, RSC Show Productions and the Yontz Family Farms in honor of Jack Maurer and family.

$2,500: AT&T Pioneers Dallas Council, Brad and Lindy Berkley, Brady Investments, Charles Schwab & Co. Inc., David Quisenberry Photography, Erickson Dental, Exposure Soul Photography, Jason and Heather Snider, Jason McNellie, Jeffrey McWhorter Photography, Morton and Peachy Rudberg, North Texas Pediatric Urology Associates, Pawnee Bill Wild West Show and VIVA Pediatrics Home Health Services.

The Children’s Cancer Fund was created 33 years ago by a group of parents whose children were being treated for cancer at Children’s Medical Center.

“The enthusiasm, support and generosity in the ballroom the day of the fashion show is nothing short of inspiring,” Strand said. “This level of commitment enables Children’s Cancer Fund to pursue strategic investments in research, ensuring CCF is truly a movement for a pediatric cancer-free tomorrow.”