The City of Hope’s Angels of the Southern California Food Industries Circle hosted its annual fashion show earlier this month, raising $250,000 from key industry sponsors alone. Those title sponsors for the “100 Years of Hope” fashion show and luncheon included PepsiCo, Frito-Lay, QTG-Quaker Tropicana Gatorade, Nestle Purina PetCare and Unilever.
Actor and entertainer Florence Henderson, known for her starring role as Carol Brady on “The Brady Bunch,” served as the mistress of ceremonies for the event, which was held at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim. Fashions for the show were designed by Lourdes Chavez, who began designing clothing after her graduation from The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, where she specialized in couture design. Her career began with two houses in Los Angeles, but her talent and creativity blossomed when she opened her own house in December 1997.
Inspired by the miracles performed by angels, the City of Hope’s “angels” formed 40 years ago when a group of women from the Southern California Food Industries Circle committed themselves to bringing hope to children and adults battling cancer and other devastating diseases.
One young woman, Lacey Conlan, told her story of survival during the fashion show event April 10.
“…At the age of 12 I was diagnosed with a supratentorial primative neuroectodermal tumor, a rare and highly aggressive brain cancer,” Conlan said. “The first doctors I went to were not optimistic and gave me a 30 percent chance to live, but neither my parents nor I were willing to accept those odds. That’s when a friend in the food industry suggested we visit City of Hope, and they nearly doubled my odds for survival. After two months of daily radiation, six months of chemo and over a dozen blood and platelet transfusions I was told that I was in remission.
“That was 13 years ago,” Conlan added. “I’m now 26 years old living a happy and healthy life thanks not only to my new family at City of Hope, but also (because of) generous donations from individuals and organizations like yourselves. “Thanks to City of Hope and all of you for giving me my life back.”
City of Hope, celebrating 100 years, is a cancer research and treatment hospital in Los Angeles.
Go here to view photos from the event.