Queen of the Valley Foundation’s annual Reach for the Stars, The
Queen’s Celebration raised $276,000 at its 25th annual fashion show and luncheon. More than 300 guests attended the event
on March 31, 2018, at Silverado Resort and Spa.
This year’s event honored vintner and philanthropist Lauren Ackerman
and featured 38 models, all of whom are cancer patients and survivors.
The models spent weeks practicing for their turn on the runway, having
been coached by a dedicated team of volunteers and fashion experts.
Honoree Lauren Ackerman kicked off the afternoon’s Fund A Need with
a gift of $25,000, contributing to its $107,000 total. Additional funds
were raised from a silent auction that included 68 items donated by event
committee members and community businesses, stars purchased to honor a
loved one, ticket sales, and sponsorships by individuals and organizations.
This year’s sponsors included Linda and Ed Barwick, Queen of the
Valley Medical Center, Ackerman Family Vineyards and the Thomas Keller
The event’s proceeds will be used to fully fund the Queen’s
Cancer Wellness Program for more than 130 individuals, as well to provide
other cancer programs and services.
The Cancer Wellness Program offers a personalized exercise plan, three-month
membership to Synergy Medical Fitness Center, nutritional counseling and
psycho-social and spiritual support. With a physician's referral,
the 12-week program is available at no charge to all cancer patients who reside in the Napa Valley, regardless of where they are treated and
for all cancer patients treated at the Queen, regardless of where they
live. Since it was founded in 2006, more than 1,000 cancer patients have
benefited from the program. To learn more, visit TheQueen.org/cancer.