The 20th annual PANDA “Children Helping Children” Fashion Show and Luncheon will be held on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at the Phoenician. This year’s event will benefit childhood cancer research and feature 59 models, a live and silent auction, and raffle. Speaking of auctions, PANDA offers what I would consider the BEST silent auction in town. From golfing with Michael Phelps to to a custom catering party for 50 guests- the items up for grabs are one of the biggest draws at the stylish luncheon.
“The 2019 research project brings us back to our roots as PANDAs – funding childhood cancer research,” said PANDA President Sandy Hobbs. The PANDA Childhood Cancer Inflammation Project will look at young kids undergoing bone marrow transplants, and research ways in which their diet and gut health impact their treatment. When asked about her favorite part about the event, “In the seven years I’ve been in PANDA, watching the patients that participate in the fashion show has the most impact on me. I can only imagine the strength they have battling their illnesses while, at the same time, walking down that runway to help other children like them,” said Hobbs.
Fox Restaurant Concepts (FRC) is returning as the Title Sponsor for the second time. Sam Fox, founder of FRC said, “Anytime we have an opportunity to help children in need, it is something we gravitate toward. The Steele Children’s Research Center at the University of Arizona is touching the lives of so many people and it’s our pleasure to support PANDA and their efforts to fund life-saving research.” This year’s fashion show will feature 59 “children helping children” from across the Valley and Tucson dressed in spring fashions provided by Saks Fifth Avenue. The theme for this year’s fashion show is “A Storybook of Hope.”
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The Phoenix Women’s Board of the Steele Children’s Research Center, affectionately known as PANDA, supports the advancement of medical knowledge to improve treatments and cures for devastating childhood diseases. The strong and unique partnership between the members of PANDA and the researchers and physicians at the Steele Center have made it possible for us to embody our name, People Acting Now Discover Answers.
Over the past 19 years, PANDA has raised more than $12 million for the Steele Center, whose mission is “to teach, to heal, to discover.” The Steele Center’s cutting-edge discoveries have propelled children’s medical research to a worldwide stage. The Steele Center has become a leader in pediatric research across the globe. PANDA is proud to have funded internationally recognized physician-scientists to investigate a range of pediatric illnesses including those involving cancer, autoimmune disorders, genetics, gastroenterology, and developmental and behavioral pediatrics.