Mistress of Ceremonies Hollie Strano, meteorologist of WKYC-TV Studios and Lyndhurst native, welcomed a sold-out group of 172 women for the University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital newest fundraising event, Fall Into Fashion. The fashion show and luncheon fundraiser took place at the Shoreby Club in Bratenahl on September 13, to further the hospital’s mission of providing the highest quality family-centered care to children and families. Approximately 700,000 children receive medical treatment there each year.
Featured speaker Angela Duda shared her story, “A Tale of Two Cities,” about the life-altering care her daughter Andrea received for encephalitis at UH’s Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital almost 50 years ago. An acquaintance that Duda met years later also had a
daughter of similar age and diagnosis, but unfortunately the child did not have the good fortune of a full recovery due to lack of access to quality care in her hometown.
Internationally renowned, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital is a full-service children’s hospital and pediatric academic medical center with experts in 16 medical divisions and 11surgical specialties who offer nationally ranked care not available at other institutions in the region, including a center dedicated to adolescent and young adult cancer treatment and Northeast Ohio’s only single-site provider of advanced maternal fetal medicine and neonatology services.
Fall into Fashion was created by the same team who curated Spring Into Style. Fashions were provided by Toni-In-Style in Chagrin Falls. Boutique owner Toni Hadad shared that velvets,
metallics, and shimmery fabrics are back this season. Since its inception in 2009, Spring Into Style has raised over $360,000 for UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital. Fall into Fashion raised $50,000; it included boutique shopping from local artisans and design vendors, as well as a yellow rose raffle and auction.
As an affiliate of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and the only Level I Pediatric Trauma Center in the region, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital offers access to novel therapies, advanced technologies, and clinical discoveries. Rainbow pediatric specialists – all of whom also serve on the faculty at the CWRU School of Medicine – are engaged in today’s most advanced clinical research and are widely regarded as the best in the nation – and in some specialties, the best in the world. Learn more at Rainbow.org. STORY
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