Nearly 1,100 guests attended the 20th annual PANDA “Children Helping Children” Fashion Show and Luncheon. The March 30 event at the Phoenician grossed $2.9 million for childhood cancer research and the PANDA endowment at the Steele Children’s Research Center.
“The 2019 research project brings us back to our roots as PANDAs – funding childhood cancer research,” said PANDA President Sandy Hobbs. “The organization was started because of a child who lost his life to this disease. 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.”
The show featured 59 young models from across the Valley and Tucson dressed in spring fashions provided by Saks Fifth Avenue. Tina Curran, PANDA’s original fashion show emcee, returned this year at the podium. Auctioneer Letitia Frye conducted the live auction, and Fox Restaurant Concepts returned as the title sponsor for the second time.
HEATHER BUTTELMANN PHOTOGRAPHY, COURTESY PANDA