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Queen of the Valley Foundation celebrates 23 years of supporting cancer survivors at annual “Reach for the Stars” luncheon and fashion show March 26


(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 visit

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

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