Cancer sur­vivors to strut the run­way at ‘Top Hats& Tea Cups’

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The an­nual “Top Hats & Tea Cups” flo­ral fash­ion show will take place April 27, from12:30 to 3:30 p.m., at the PGANa­tional Re­sort and Spa in Palm Beach Gar­dens. The show will fea­ture 15 cancer sur­vivors and their med­i­cal providers dis­play­ing orig­i­nal flo­ral de­signs, along with a spe­cial “top hat” cat­e­gory for male cancer sur­vivors.

“Top Hats & Tea Cups” will al­low florists through­out South Florida the op­por­tu­nity to ex­plore their cre­ativ­ity by cre­at­ing flo­ral milliner­ies while rais­ing funds for an im­por­tant cause. Fol­low­ing the event, at­ten­dees will bid on the fea­tured hats, take part in the an­nual raf­fle for prizes and bid on silent auc­tion items.

The an­nual fundraiser sup­ports Ali’s Al­liance Inc., a search­able data­base of sup­port and re­sources avail­able for in­di­vid­u­als and fam­i­lies deal­ing with cancer and care­giv­ing. Named in honor of founder and hon­orary co-chair David J. Cowan Sr.’s late wife, Ali­son Ar­ne­sen Cowan, Ali’s Al­liance serves in­di­vid­u­als through­out the U.S.

“Know­ing Ali’s Al­liance is there is a bless­ing for those first re­ceiv­ing their di­ag­no­sis,” said co-chair­woman Kelly Seitz, who is also a cancer sur­vivor. “I am ex­cited to be a part of this unique event which is not only fun, but serves an or­ga­ni­za­tion that helps so many.”

The event is co-chaired by Seitz and Chris Collins.

“I re­mem­ber whenmy mom went through all of her treat­ments and how she felt about her ap­pear­ance. I wish she had been able to have some­one put a lovely hat on her, and do things to boost her self-es­teem. The en­tire ex­pe­ri­ence has just been great, and thanks to Chris, Kelly and ev­ery­one help­ing out, it’s go­ing to be an event to re­mem­ber,” said hon­orary co-chair­man Todd John­son, who lost his mother to ovar­ian cancer.

Tick­ets are $60 per per­son and chil­dren’s “princess” tick­ets cost $50. For more in­for­ma­tion, call Kelly Seitz at 561-315-5477 or visit www.AlisAl­liance.org.

Sherry Shive, left, and Derek Fel­binger

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