Arks, temples and crusades, oh my!
Forty very special children enjoyed an adventure-filled night at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse on Saturday, where the red carpet was rolled out and they were treated like the stars that they are. The Cleveland Cavaliers welcomed the little superstars and more than 1,000 guests for the annual “Big Shots & Little Stars” fundraiser, to benefit Flashes of Hope and The Children’s Tumor Foundation. The fun-filled and emotion-evoking event helps raise awareness and funds for pediatric cancer research.
Many of Northeast Ohio’s top business and community leaders were in the crowd for a swashbuckling stage show, emceed by Cavs in-arena hosts Ahmaad and Nicole, and featuring Flashes of Hope founder, Allison Clarke, a live auction, live entertainment and more. Cavs general manager Koby Altman and his basketball operations staff, as well as head coach John Beilein and his coaching staff, were in attendance for the uplifting show.
The highlight of the event every year is the fashion show, where Cavs players and other Cleveland-area “Big Shots” are paired with the “Little Stars” of the night – pediatric cancer survivors – to walk the runway. There was hardly a dry eye in the crowd, as guests watched with awe as the Little Stars stole the show.
This year marks the 11th of the Cavs hosting Big Shots & Little Stars with Flashes of Hope, having raised more than $11 million during that time over the last 10 years. Approximately 320 Little Stars have walked the runway during that time.
About Flashes of Hope: Flashes of Hope raises funds to accelerate a cure for children’s cancer while honoring the unique life and memories of every child fighting cancer. Founded in Cleveland in 2001 by parents of a child with cancer, Flashes of Hope has photographed more than 75,000 children at hospitals and camps across the country and have raised millions of dollars for critically needed research. Flashes of Hope honors the courage of children with cancer; they capture a moment in time and fund research so they will have the chance to create a lifetime of memories. For more information: http://flashesofhope.org/.
About Children’s Tumor Foundation: The Children's Tumor Foundation is dedicated to driving research, expanding knowledge and advancing care for the neurofibromatosis (NF) community, with the vision of ending NF. CTF revolutionizes the field of NF research, a genetic disorder that affects one in every 3,000 people worldwide. Since its formation, CTF has been crucial to the development of solid scientific data about CTF and continue to break through barriers and forge a pathway that will lead to a cure. For more information: http://www.ctf.org/.