Monsters Strut Their Stuff For a Great Cause

The red carpet was rolled out, the stage was set and the fashion was fresh tonight at Quicken Loans Arena as the Cleveland Cavaliers hosted the 3rd Annual “Big Shots & Little Stars” fundraiser to benefit Flashes of Hope and the Children’s Tumor Foundation. Dressed to the nines, nothing was more breathtaking than the genuine excitement of both the “Big Shots” – Majority Owner and Chairman Dan Gilbert, Cavs coaches, Lake Erie Monsters and Cleveland Browns players and prominent Cleveland CEOs – and the “Little Stars” – local children who have been affected by pediatric cancer – as they strutted their stuff on the runway.

“This event was bigger and better than ever,” said Flashes of Hope founder Allison Clarke. “Cleveland’s support – from the sports teams to the boardrooms – is something that not only means the world to our organization, but to each and every one of those kids on the runway tonight.”

Along with Dan Gilbert, “Big Shots” for the evening included Vice Chairmen Jeff Cohen and Nate Forbes, General Manager Chris Grant, Cavs Head Coach Byron Scott, assistant coaches Paul Pressey, Jamahl Mosley and Joe Prunty, Monsters players Patrick Bordeleau, Cameron Gaunce, Greg Mauldin and Ryan Stoa, Monsters Head Coach David Quinn, Director of AHL Operations/Assistant Coach David Oliver, Cleveland Browns players Josh Cribbs, Joe Haden and Seneca Wallace and Browns legend Bernie Kosar. Former Grand Slam tennis champion Mary Joe Fernandez was also in attendance. All the models wore the latest fashions from many well-known fashion boutiques like Alberts, Anthropologie, Brigade, Children's Place, Juicy Lucy, Kilgore Trout, Lisa Moran, Nicky Nicole and Tom James.

Olivier Sedra, most commonly known as the public address announcer at Quicken Loans Arena for Cavalier games, emceed the evening’s event, which featured cocktails, fabulous food, a silent auction and pre-show entertainment by the Scream Team and the Cavalier Girls. The “Big Shots and Little Treasures” silent auction included autographed sports memorabilia and unique experience packages offered by the Cavaliers, Monsters, Horseshoe Casino, Kahalari Resorts, John Roberts Spa and many more. John Roberts also provided hair and makeup services to all Big Shots and Little Stars for the evening.

Flashes of Hope is a national nonprofit that changes the way children with cancer see themselves through the gift of photography and raises money for pediatric cancer research. Every month volunteers transform the outpatient clinics and hospital floors into professional photography studios. Families receive a generous portrait portfolio and a CD of all the images taken. All service are provided free of charge. Since its inception in 2001, Flashes of Hope has provided portrait packages to over 15,000 families all across the country! This summer alone, over 3,000 children were photographed at camps across the country. In 2010, Flashes of Hope will photograph 50% of the children annually diagnosed with cancer in 60 locations across the United States.

The Children's Tumor Foundation (CTF) is a non-profit medical foundation, dedicated to improving the health and well being of individuals and families affected by the neurofibromatoses (NF). The mission of CTF is to encourage and support research and the development of treatments and cures for neurofibromatosis types 1 and 2, schwannomatosis and related disorders. CTF support persons with NF, their families and caregivers by providing thorough, accurate, current and readily accessible information. CTF assists in the development of clinical centers, best practices and other patient support mechanisms to create better access to quality healthcare for affected individuals. As well as, expand public awareness of NF to promote earlier and accurate diagnoses by the medical community, increase the non-affected population's understanding of the challenges facing persons with NF, and encourage financial and other forms of support from public and private sources.