November 20, 2013 | Posted by Kristel Hartshorn
Not many people can say they did a runway walk down a basketball court. But there were plenty of little fashion stars strutting their style Tuesday night at The Q as part of the 2013 edition of "Big Shots & Little Stars," a charity event aimed at raising money to combat childhood cancer. The little stars were all kids who have battled cancer. The big shots were Cleveland Cavaliers and Lake Erie Monsters players, who walked the runway with them.
The Main Event: "Big Shots & Little Stars" Fundraiser
The 411: The Q is where all the action went down during Medical Mutual's "Big Shots & Little Stars" fundraiser. The night was presented by KeyBank, Penske Cleveland and Richard Horvitz & Erica Hartman-Horvitz to benefit Flashes of Hope and the Children's Tumor Foundation. Hosted by the Cavs and Monsters players and Quicken Loans Arena, more than 1,300 guests were expected. Cavs and Monsters players and coaches greeted guests on the red carpet inside the Cavaliers Team shop then made their big debut alongside the "Little Stars" on the red carpet. The special evening was highlighted by an unforgettable fashion show when the "Big Shots" strutted their stuff on the runway with the real stars — children who have beaten back cancer.
Flashes of Hope: a national nonprofit that changes the way children with cancer see themselves through the gift of photography and raises money for pediatric cancer research.
The Children's Tumor Foundation: a medical foundation dedicated to improving the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by neurofibromatosis.
Charleen Williams, a parent of one of the children who walked at tonight's fashion show is grateful for organizations like Flashes of Hope. Her son, Cael Williams, has been battling Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia for over three years. She explained that the organization helps connected different families together who are going through the same experience.
"It makes a community out of us and we can help each other get through the hard times," said Williams.