Reach for the Stars
SAVE THE DATE:
Saturday, March 26, 2016 11 am-2 pm
Silverado Resort and Spa
Nearly 400 guests attended Queen of the Valley Foundation's 22nd annual "Reach for the Stars" luncheon and fashion show on February 21 at Silverado Resort and Spa. The highlight of the sold-out luncheon was watching cancer survivors—young and old—reaffirm their personal optimism and courage by appearing on the runway in the fashion show.
The cancer survivor models, age 2 to 83, 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, Danielle, Helen Lyall, Kane, Miyamo, Napa Valley Casual, Scott Lyall, 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 $185,000 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 660 patients have benefited from the Cancer Wellness Program since it was launched in 2007. 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.
Peju Province Winery was honored at the luncheon for its considerable annual commitment in support of the Queen's Cancer Wellness Program. A family-owned winery in Rutherford, Peju launched a special rosé wine, Peju Pink, in 2007 after a staff member was treated for breast cancer. Peju donates a percentage of Peju Pink proceeds each year to support patient care and treatment at the Queen's breast center.
"Peju Pink was created by the women of Peju Winery to honor all those who have been touched by breast cancer," said Herta (H.B.) Peju, owner and founder of Peju Province Winery. "We produced the first vintage in 2007 after our winemaker's lab assistant completed her battle with breast cancer. We wanted to make a difference in our community and help others who might be suffering from this horrific disease—and ideally even help a few with early detection."
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.