(February 24, 2016 -- Napa, CA) Queen of the Valley Foundation will hold
its 23rd annual “Reach for the Stars” luncheon and fashion
show Saturday, March 26, at the Silverado Resort and Spa. A celebration
of life, the annual event brings together individuals living with cancer,
friends and family, physicians, care providers and community members.
The centerpiece of the luncheon is a fashion show, with cancer survivors
modeling clothing from local stores, including Boho Lifestyle, Cake Plate
Boutique, Danielle, Ielle, Helen Lyall, Jessel Gallery, Miyamo, Mustard
Seed Clothing, Napa Valley Casual, Scott Lyall, Sisters Boutique, Target
and Williamson & Co. Paige Smith, co-owner of Cake Plate and a cancer
survivor herself, serves as production coordinator; Kathy Templeton and
Lynne Hobaugh are co-chairs for this year’s event.
Reach for the Stars was established in 1993 to raise funds for new equipment
and technologies that support cancer care at Queen of the Valley Medical
Center. Proceeds from the event now subsidize Queen of the Valley’s
Cancer Wellness Program, allowing patients to participate free of charge.
The 12-week program is open to all cancer patients in the region, regardless
of where they are being treated or if they have insurance. Participation
is fully supported by scholarships made possible through Reach for the
Stars proceeds and community donations to Queen of the Valley Foundation.
More than 800 patients have benefited from the Cancer Wellness Program
since it was launched in 2007. The program includes everything from supervised
progressive exercise with a personal trainer, to nutrition counseling,
stress management, acupuncture and healing touch — whatever participants
need to make their experience of undergoing treatment the best it can
be under the circumstances.
This year, Margrit Biever Mondavi will be honored at the event. Over many
decades, artist and philanthropist Margrit Mondavi, together with her
late husband Robert, have shaped the Napa Valley in countless ways, helping
to make it the warm, sharing community it has become. Margrit has been
a longtime, unwavering champion of the arts and a supporter of countless
local charities and nonprofits. With their generosity of spirit, altruism,
and above all embrace of life and all its gifts, Margrit and Robert set
a philanthropic example in the Napa Valley.
“Margrit Biever Mondavi is one of our community’s most generous
benefactors,” said Elaine John, vice president for philanthropy
at Queen of the Valley Medical Center and chief executive officer for
the foundation. “She has truly made a significant and long-lasting
impact on our community. Napa Valley is a better place because of Margrit.”
Sponsors of this year’s Reach for the Stars include Richard and
Anne Bennett, Ed and Linda Barwick, Kenzo Estate, Martha and Thomas May,
Peju Province, Sue Plant and Diane Wilsey.
The Foundation is offering “Stars” for purchase and display
at the event in honor of those who have been touched by cancer. To reserve
a Star, please call Queen of the Valley Foundation at (707) 257-4044 or
About Queen of the Valley Medical Center
Queen of the Valley Medical Center is a 208-bed, acute-care facility founded
by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange. The Queen is the largest health
care facility and one of the largest employers in Napa County. Services
provided include a Regional Heart Center, a Regional Orthopedic Center,
a Regional Cancer Center approved with commendations by the American College
of Surgeons, the Peggy Herman Neuroscience Center, maternity and infant
care, inpatient and outpatient minimally invasive surgery, and a full-service
emergency department, among many other specialty services. More information
about Queen of the Valley Medical Center can be found at