Reach for the Stars
Saturday, February 21, 2015, 11 am-2 pm, Silverado Resort and Spa
More than 300 guests attended Queen of the Valley Foundation's 21st annual "Reach for the Stars" luncheon and fashion show on May 3 at Silverado Resort and Spa. The highlight of the luncheon was a fashion show featuring 42 cancer survivors, among them grandchildren and grandparents, a 13-year-old football player, a landscape designer, a pilot, a flight attendant, a blue belt in Tae Kwon Do, a nanny, a fire captain, a teacher, a golfer and a sixth-grader at Blue Oak Middle School.
The cancer survivor models invested countless hours preparing for their moment on the runway, reaffirming their personal optimism and courage as they made their way onstage modeling clothing from local stores including Boho Lifestyle, Cake Plate, Helen Lyall, Miyamo, Scott Lyall, Silverado Resort & Spa, Sisters, Target and Williamson & Co. Paige Smith, co-owner of Cake Plate and a cancer survivor herself, served as production coordinator, and Kathy Templeton and Lynne Hobaugh were event co-chairs for this year's event. More than 120 volunteers joined them to make the event a success.
Inspired by the cancer survivors, guests bid in the silent auction and lifted their paddles during the fund-a-need to help raise more than $100,000 to support the Cancer Wellness Program at Queen of the Valley.
Reach for the Stars was originally established in 1993 to raise funds for new equipment and technologies that support cancer care at Queen of the Valley. Proceeds from the annual event currently support scholarships to enable patients to participate in the Queen's Cancer Wellness Program free of charge. With a physician referral, the 12-week wellness program is open to all cancer patients in the community, regardless of where they are being treated or if they have insurance. Participation is fully supported by scholarships made possible through community donations and Queen of the Valley Foundation.
More than 520 patients have benefited from the Cancer Wellness Program since it was launched in 2006. Combining exercise, nutritional counseling and psycho-social and spiritual support, the program is individualized to each patient and designed to provide guidance and support in the journey to becoming a proactive cancer survivor. Participation includes membership to Synergy Medical Fitness Center, offering access to group classes such as yoga, Pilates, meditation, aquatic exercise and more. An art instructor also works to provide participants with opportunities to express their feelings and creativity.
The V Foundation for Cancer Research was honored at the Reach for the Stars event for its generous gifts totaling more than $1 million in support of cancer programs and services at Queen of the Valley Medical Center. The V Foundation's first major gift to the Queen enabled the hospital to launch the Cancer Wellness Program—which has become a model for emerging survivorship programs across the country.
If you're interested in contributing to Queen of the Valley's Cancer Wellness Program, please call (707) 257-4044 or visit www.queensfoundation.org.