Cavs Better Halves to Host Big Shots & little stars Fundraiser at Quicken Loans Arena

Proceeds to Benefit Flashes of Hope and The Childrens Tumor Foundation
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CLEVELAND, OH - September 30, 2009 - Cavs players Mo Williams, Daniel Gibson, Jamario Moon, JJ Hickson, Anthony Parker, Danny Green, Leon Powe and Darnell Jackson may have the finesse and athletic grace on the basketball court that makes fans stand up and cheer, but can their statuesque appearance on the catwalk make people turn their heads? On the evening of Thursday, October 8th from 6:00-9:00 p.m., the Cleveland Cavaliers players will share the runway with pediatric cancer survivors, community leaders and models from the Docherty Agency for an unforgettable fashion show to benefit Flashes of Hope. The special fundraising event “Big Shots and little stars” will be hosted by the Cavaliers Better Halves (the wives and girlfriends of Cavaliers players, coaches, management and staff) at Quicken Loans Arena.

Proceeds from the event will benefit 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—and The Children’s Tumor Foundation, a medical foundation dedicated to improving the health and well being of individuals and families affected by neurofibromatosis.

Cavs play-by-play announcer Fred McLeod and wife Beth will emcee the event that will include cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and performances by the Cavalier Girls and Scream Team. The Cavs Better Halves will present a silent auction filled with hand-selected favorite items of all the players and there will be a very special raffle featuring pieces from Mann Jewelers and Louis Vuitton. Additionally, Fathead is donating custom Fatheads (peel-n-stick vinyl wall graphics) of local pediatric cancer survivors and a LeBron James and Shaquille O’Neal Fathead.

Named “Best Event of the Year” by the Plain Dealer for the last three years, last year’s fundraiser, which was attended by more than 600 people generated about $170,000. Tickets start at $85 and sponsor packages are still available by calling 440-442-9700 or online at flashesofhope.org.

“We are excited about the event this year and the involvement of the Cavaliers,” said Kristine DiFiore, Flashes of Hope’s Executive Director. “We hope to exceed last year’s goal, which will allow us to reach even more children in 2010.”

The 2009 “Big Shots” features Cavs players Mo Williams, Daniel Gibson, Jamario Moon, JJ Hickson, Anthony Parker, Danny Green, Leon Powe, Darnell Jackson and Cavs Legends Austin Carr and Campy Russell. Also featured are Sam Covelli (Covelli Enterprises), Steve Crandall (Elk & Elk), Chris Gorman (KeyBank), Hoby Hanna (Howard Hanna Realty), Ann Harlan (Smucker’s), Scott Miller (Time Warner Cable), Dino Palmieri (Dino Palmieri Salon & Spa), Holly Strano (WKYC), Bill Rowley (Mercury Plastics) and Michael (Olympic Steel).

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. Founded and based in Cleveland, Flashes of Hope operates chapters in 36 cities and eight camps. They reach 4,500 children annually, 35% of the children diagnosed with cancer in the United States each year.

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.