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Fashion show at SouthPark Mall to raise funds for the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation | Sudclthebdomadary

CHARLOTTE — The National Pediatric Cancer Foundation’s Fashion Funds the Cure will shine a light on the dreams of childhood cancer warriors on April 2 in an upscale fashion show presented by SouthPark Mall.

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

Journalist Kristi O’Connor and WCNC sports reporter Ashley Stroehlein will co-host this year’s event.

Local childhood cancer warriors will have two opportunities to walk the track.

For their first walk, each child will be dressed in Dillard’s fashion at SouthPark Mall. Then, for the Dream Walk finale, the kids will return to the stage dressed as they want to be when they grow up, escorted by a local “model” who works in their dream job.

Guests will meet kids like 4-year-old Luca, who, despite battling Wilms’ Stage IV tumor, dreams of becoming a racing driver when he grows up. Luca will be escorted to the track by 17-year-old racing driver Gray Leadbetter. After the event, Gray will sign autographs during a meet and greet at Dillard’s house.

I Am Courageous, a non-profit organization that creates uplifting entertainment to encourage seriously ill children, will be filming in partnership with NPCF for their “Dream Series” featured on Youtube.

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

Catwalk fashion will be 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 include a cocktail, live entertainment, light bites from Maggiano’s and a silent auction.

Want to go?

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