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New Kensington fashion-show luncheon to raise money for Cancer Society

| Sunday, April 14, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Food, fashion and fundraising come together April 20 at an annual benefit for the American Cancer Society Four Corners Area.

Proceeds from the fashion show and luncheon, now in its 23rd year, will support cancer research, education and patient services. Among programs provided through the American Cancer Society are camps, online support and rides to treatments.

Each year's fashion show offers a new focus. Last year's was beach inspired. Its fashions centered around fun in the sun while sharing important information about skin-cancer prevention.

This year, a birthday theme will allow for men, women and children to model clothing they like best.

“This year is a little unique in that each model has chosen their own fashions from their favorite place to shop,” says Kathy Logan, ACS Four Corners Area volunteer who has served as the fashion show's commentator in the past.

“Since the theme for this year's event is all about birthdays,” she says, “the fashion segments include ‘Beach Party,' ‘Sweet 16,' ‘Pajama Party' and ‘Paint the Town Red,' so the clothes will be very diverse.”

The theme is intended to offer a message of progress and optimism.

“The number of Americans with a history of cancer is growing due to aging and growth of the population, as well as improving survival rates,” Logan says. “For nearly 100 years, the American Cancer Society has worked relentlessly to save lives and create a world with less cancer and more birthdays.”

Each year, a cancer survivor is honored at the event with the “Glimmer of Hope” pin. This year, that honor will go to former Freeport resident Lisa Wagner Klenoshek, who lives in Cranberry. Klenoshek is a breast-cancer survivor and author of the children's book “Zoey's List of Love,” which helps kids understand cancer treatments.

The event also offers a silent auction, bake sale, grab bags, a chance at more than 30 door prizes and 50 centerpiece giveaways and a raffle.

For Logan and the 40-some volunteers putting together the event each year, the fun and fashionable girl's day out — which, she says, generates rave reviews each year — helps on a number of fronts.

“We are still contributing in a big way to the American Cancer Society's ongoing effort to help people stay well, strive to get well and always working to find cures and to fight back,” she says.

Julie Martin is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.

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