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Queen of the Valley Foundation celebrates 22 years of supporting cancer survivors at annual “Reach for the Stars” luncheon and fashion show February


(February 2, 2015 -- Napa, CA) Queen of the Valley Foundation presents its 22nd annual "Reach for the Stars" luncheon and fashion show Saturday, February 21, at the Silverado Resort and Spa. A celebration of life, the yearly 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 that this year include Boho Lifestyle, Cake Plate, Danielle, Helen Lyall, Kane, Miyamo, Napa Valley Casual, Scott Lyall, Sisters, 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 originally 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 the Queen's Cancer Wellness Program so patients can 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.

This year, Peju Province Winery will be honored at the luncheon for its considerable annual commitment in support of the Queen's Cancer Wellness Program. A family-owned winery in Rutherford, Peju launched a special rosé wine, Peju Pink, in 2007 after a staff member completed her treatments for breast cancer. Peju donates a percentage of Peju Pink proceeds each year to support patient care and treatment at the Queen's breast center.

"Peju Pink was created by the women of Peju Winery to honor all those who have been touched by breast cancer," said Herta Peju, owner and founder of Peju Province Winery. "We produced the first vintage in 2007 after our winemaker's lab assistant completed her battle with breast cancer. We wanted to make a difference in our community and help others who might be suffering from this horrific disease—and ideally even help a few with early detection."

"The proceeds from the first vintage of Peju Pink enabled Queen of the Valley to provide mammograms, ultrasounds and biopsies to 15 patients with limited or no health coverage," added Elaine John, vice president for philanthropy at Queen of the Valley Medical Center and chief executive officer for the foundation. "Since then, Peju Province Winery has continued to support our efforts each year to make breast cancer prevention and support services available to all patients throughout our region."

Queen of the Valley has achieved high recognition for its outstanding cancer programs. It is the only hospital in the area to be accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, and is the recipient of a three-year accreditation in radiation oncology – representing the highest level of quality and patient safety – by the American College of Radiology.

More than 660 patients have benefited from the Cancer Wellness Program since it was launched in 2007. Combining exercise, nutritional counseling, and psycho-social and spiritual support, its offerings are individualized to each patient and designed to provide guidance and support in the journey to becoming a proactive cancer survivor.

Tickets for Reach for the Stars are $100 per guest. The foundation is also offering "Stars" for purchase and display at the event in honor or remembrance of those who have been touched by cancer. To purchase tickets or to reserve a Star, please call Queen of the Valley Foundation at (707) 257-4044 or visit

About Queen of the Valley Medical Center

Queen of the Valley Medical Center is a 211-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 full-service emergency department, among many other specialty services. More information about Queen of the Valley Medical Center can be found at

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