Fashion show at SouthPark Mall raising money for National Pediatric Cancer Foundation | Southcltweekly

CHARLOTTE – Fashion Funds the Cure of the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation will showcase the dreams of childhood cancer fighters on April 2 in a luxury runway show hosted by SouthPark Mall.

Fashion Funds the Cure combines high fashion with the dreams of childhood cancer fighters to raise money for childhood cancer research.

Journalist Kristi O’Connor and Ashley Stroehlein, a sports reporter at WCNC, will co-host the event this year.

Local pediatric cancer fighters get two chances to walk the runway.

For their first walk, each child will be dressed in the fashions of Dillard’s in SouthPark Mall. For the Dream Walk finale, the kids return to the stage dressed as what they want to be when they grow up, accompanied by a local “role model” who works in their dream profession.

Guests will meet children such as 4-year-old Luca who, despite his battle with stage IV Wilms Tumor, dreams of becoming a racing driver when he grows up. Luca is escorted down the runway by 17-year-old sprint racer Gray Leadbetter. After the event, Gray will sign autographs during a meet and greet at Dillard’s.

I Am Courageous, a nonprofit that creates uplifting entertainment to encourage seriously ill children, will be filming in partnership with NPCF for their “Dream Series” on YouTube.

The “Dream Series” is a collection of videos featuring interviews with childhood cancer fighters from Fashion Funds the Cure events across the country, hosted by teen actor and Disney Channel star Gabriella Graves.

Runway fashion is provided by 7 For All Mankind, David Yurman, Dillard’s, Johnny Was, Kendra Scott, Lilly Pulitzer, Psycho Bunny, Scotch & Soda and Victoria & Jane of SouthPark Mall.

The event will feature a cocktail reception, live entertainment, snacks from Maggiano’s and a silent auction.

Do you want to go?

Fashion Funds the Cure will take place on April 2 with a cocktail reception at 1pm and a fashion show at 2pm at Center Court SouthPark Mall, 4400 Sharon Road. .Tickets cost $50. Purchase tickets at or call 813-269-0955.

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