Monsters and Cavs Model at Benefit Show

It was a night of unforgettable memories not only for the “Little Star” pediatric cancer survivors, but also for their “Big Shot” runway partners. Cleveland Cavaliers and Lake Erie Monsters majority owner Dan Gilbert and Cavs and Monsters players strutted their stuff on the runway last night at Quicken Loans Arena in a spectacular fashion show that benefited Flashes of Hope and The Children’s Tumor Foundation.

“We are so appreciative of the Cavs support,” said Flashes of Hope founder Allison Clarke. “The kids really enjoyed spending time with the players. It was such a highlight to each and every one of them. Without the support of the teams, the event would not have been the success that it was.”

Gilbert and Cavs players Mo Williams, Daniel Gibson, J.J. Hickson, Antawn Jamison, Jamario Moon, Christian Eyenga, Joey Graham, Danny Green, Ryan Hollins, Anthony Parker, Leon Powe, Samardo Samuels, Ramon Sessions and Jawad Williams along with Monsters players Jason Bacashihua, Justin Mercier, Travis Gawryletz, Matt Ford, John Grahame and Greg Mauldin participated in the event. All the models wore the latest fashions from many well-known Cleveland-based fashion boutiques like Alberts Furs, Ann van H. Boutique, Bonnie’s Goubaud, Girl Next Door, Juicy Lucy, Kilgore Trout, Lisa Moran, Nicky Nicole and Ticknor’s, as well as national designers like Louis Vuitton and Tom James.

“Big Shot” Cavs forward Jawad Williams, a Cleveland native, walked with 16 year-old Jennifer Reihner of Madison, Ohio. She loved the dress she modeled so much she plans to wear it to her homecoming dance next month.

The Cavaliers’ own in-arena hosts Ahmaad Crump and Nicole Cuglewski emceed the 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 the players autographed shoes filled with jerseys and game tickets, as well as unique packages offered by Fathead, Kahalari Resorts, the Cleveland Browns and many more. The newly expanded and redesigned Cavaliers Team Shop also donated a portion of its total sales. More than 800 guests attended the memorable occasion.

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.