September 20th will be a special night in Buckhead, an evening when 11 local survivors of childhood brain tumors will walk the runway and shine a light on the deadliest childhood cancer.
Hosted by Tootsies, Couture for Kids (formerly Starry Night of Fashion) benefits the Georgia Chapter of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation (PBTF), the world’s largest non-profit solely dedicated to the childhood brain tumor community.
Couture for Kids is celebrating its fourth year with a magical evening of drinks, hors d’oeuvres, silent and live auctions and, most importantly, a fashion show featuring the Stars of the PBTF: children and young adults who have been diagnosed with a brain tumor.
“From the start, these children are treated as if they were real runway models at New York Fashion Week,” says Sara Wolf Mixon, event manager and stylist for Tootsies. “Each child receives fittings, pictures, hair, makeup and runway lessons. For one night, they can forget their illness, their challenges, their stress and enjoy being celebrated by those in attendance.”
In 2016, Couture for Kids raised just over $40,000 for local support programs and childhood brain tumor research. This year, the PBTF hopes to take the event even further.
This year’s star models range in age from 9 to 27 years old and hail from across the Atlanta area.
Teen Vogue model Grace Wethor is one of these stars, returning to Couture for Kids for a second year. Wether is just 15 years old and while she has walked runways in New York, she is also living with a brain tumor.
“I love being a part of Couture for Kids because it brings my two worlds together,” says Wethor. “There’s this group of people who have helped me through a hard time and there’s this thing that I’m super passionate about. To be able to bring fashion and brain tumors together is a truly amazing opportunity and I love participating in it!”
Local celebrities will also join the stars on the runway, including Holly Firfer, Marian Goldberg, Sandra Golden, Kristin Klingshirn, Christine Pullara, Shaye Strager and Angie Ward. Local businesses NARS and Steve Hightower Hair Salon & Day Spa have donated their time and talent to provide models’ hair and makeup, and Miller Brothers Limited will provide the young men’s attire.
Visit Bit.ly/coutureforkidsatlanta2017 to purchase tickets for this unforgettable night.
A special VIP reception starts at 5:30 p.m. and the main event starts at 6:30 p.m. General admission tickets are $85 and include standing room-only admission to the fashion show. Upgrade to the $100 VIP package and enjoy early access, photo opportunities with the PBTF’s Stars, a “Swag Bag” and guaranteed runway seating.
Couture for Kids is one of three signature events for the Georgia Chapter, raising funds to support families during their journey, as well as fund groundbreaking research. For more information on how you can get involved, visit CureTheKids.org/ga or email@example.com.