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It was the best damn Catwalk for a Cure gala ever — big bucks, top designer, hot crowd

Best Catwalk for a Cure gala ever — big bucks, top designer, hot crowd

News, Shelby, Catwalk for a Cure, Nov. 2015, John Oren, Lisa Oren, Allie Fields, Jay Fields
Josh Oren, Lisa Oren, Allie Fields, Jay Fields. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
News, Shelby, Catwalk for a Cure, Nov. 2015, James Bellinger, Missy Bellinger
James Bellinger, Missy Bellinger. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
News, Shelby, Catwalk for a Cure, Nov. 2015, Kim Moody, Christina Stith, Rachel Ragen, Marty Finger
Kim Moody, Christina Stith, Rachel Ragen, Marty Finger. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
News, Shelby, Catwalk for a Cure, Nov. 2015, Alexandra Knight, Brady Knight
Alexandra Knight, Brady Knight. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
News, Shelby, Catwalk for a Cure, Nov. 2015, Lisa Malosky, Don Friedell
 Lisa Malosky, Don Friedell. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
News, Shelby, Catwalk for a Cure, Nov. 2015, Kevin Black, Monique Lhuillier, Tony Bradfield
Kevin Black, Monique Lhuillier, Tony Bradfield. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
News, Shelby, Catwalk for a Cure, Nov. 2015, Laura Lear, Rick Lear
Rick Lear, Laura Lear. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
News, Shelby, Catwalk for a Cure, Nov. 2015, Wezy Dees, Bobby Dees, Carolyn Farb
Wezy Dees, Bobby Dees, Carolyn Farb. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
News, Shelby, Catwalk for a Cure, Nov. 2015, Kate Stukenberg, Jeff Smith, Kathryn Smith
Kate Stukenberg, Jeff Smith, Kathryn Smith. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
News, Shelby, Catwalk for a Cure, Nov. 2015, Denise Monteleone, Alan Stein, Elizabeth Stein
Denise Monteleone, Alan Stein, Elizabeth Stein. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
News, Shelby, Catwalk for a Cure, Nov. 2015, Norelle Becker, Brian Becker
Norelle Becker, Brian Becker. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
News, Shelby, Catwalk for a Cure, Nov. 2015, Scotty Arnoldy, Jana Arnoldy, Lindley Arnoldy, Jason Arnoldy
Scotty Arnoldy, Jana Arnoldy, Lindley Arnoldy, Jason Arnoldy. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
News, Shelby, Catwalk for a Cure, Nov. 2015, Kristin Elliott
Survivorship honoree Kristin Elliott. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
News, Shelby, Catwalk for a Cure, Nov. 2015, Melissa Mithoff, Courtney Hobson
Melissa Mithoff, Courtney Hobson. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
News, Shelby, Catwalk for a Cure, Nov. 2015, Gail Jennings, Keith Jennings
Gail Jennings, Keith Jennings. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
News, Shelby, Catwalk for a Cure, Nov. 2015, Todd Fiscus, Ann Carl, Ceron
Todd Fiscus, Anne Carl, Ceron. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
News, Shelby, Catwalk for a Cure, Nov. 2015, Mark Janda, Jennifer Roosth
Mark Janda, Jennifer Roosth. Photo b Priscilla Dickson
News, Shelby, Catwalk for a Cure, Nov. 2015, Matt Oren Marissa Oren
Matt Oren, Marissa Oren. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
News, Shelby, Catwalk for a Cure, Nov. 2015, Matt Ling, Traci Ling, Sarah Meir, Michael Meir
 Matt Ling, Traci Ling, Sarah Meir, Michael Meir. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
News, Shelby, Catwalk for a Cure, Nov. 2015, John Oren, Lisa Oren, Allie Fields, Jay Fields
News, Shelby, Catwalk for a Cure, Nov. 2015, James Bellinger, Missy Bellinger
News, Shelby, Catwalk for a Cure, Nov. 2015, Kim Moody, Christina Stith, Rachel Ragen, Marty Finger
News, Shelby, Catwalk for a Cure, Nov. 2015, Alexandra Knight, Brady Knight
News, Shelby, Catwalk for a Cure, Nov. 2015, Lisa Malosky, Don Friedell
News, Shelby, Catwalk for a Cure, Nov. 2015, Kevin Black, Monique Lhuillier, Tony Bradfield
News, Shelby, Catwalk for a Cure, Nov. 2015, Laura Lear, Rick Lear
News, Shelby, Catwalk for a Cure, Nov. 2015, Wezy Dees, Bobby Dees, Carolyn Farb
News, Shelby, Catwalk for a Cure, Nov. 2015, Kate Stukenberg, Jeff Smith, Kathryn Smith
News, Shelby, Catwalk for a Cure, Nov. 2015, Denise Monteleone, Alan Stein, Elizabeth Stein
News, Shelby, Catwalk for a Cure, Nov. 2015, Norelle Becker, Brian Becker
News, Shelby, Catwalk for a Cure, Nov. 2015, Scotty Arnoldy, Jana Arnoldy, Lindley Arnoldy, Jason Arnoldy
News, Shelby, Catwalk for a Cure, Nov. 2015, Kristin Elliott
News, Shelby, Catwalk for a Cure, Nov. 2015, Melissa Mithoff, Courtney Hobson
News, Shelby, Catwalk for a Cure, Nov. 2015, Gail Jennings, Keith Jennings
News, Shelby, Catwalk for a Cure, Nov. 2015, Todd Fiscus, Ann Carl, Ceron
News, Shelby, Catwalk for a Cure, Nov. 2015, Mark Janda, Jennifer Roosth
News, Shelby, Catwalk for a Cure, Nov. 2015, Matt Oren Marissa Oren
News, Shelby, Catwalk for a Cure, Nov. 2015, Matt Ling, Traci Ling, Sarah Meir, Michael Meir

From the moment the doors opened on the Catwalk for a Cure evening, an unexpected energy surged through The Astorian ballroom. Packed to the rafters with close to 500 well-heeled revelers, this party was set to rock. And it did.

Record proceeds of $750,000 (for sarcoma cancer research and free housing for sarcoma patients) insured that the vibrant partying served a higher purpose.

Perhaps it was the Veuve Cliquot champagne (labels changed to Tenenbaum) that flowed in a bubbly diamond raffle or the sheer energy of the chairs — Allie and Jay Fields and Lisa and Josh Oren, whatever the source, it was one good-time night.

So popular is this event among the thirtysomething/fortysomething crowd that it sold out last May. Up to the last minute, there were pleas to add more tables and in fact the runway that would host a Monique Lhuillier parade of dreamy fashions was shortened to accommodate the most ardent fans. Thus it was an elbow-to-elbow cocktail hour, the sardine effect rendering a positive party vibe.

As dinner flowed from the Cordua Catering kitchen, Amschwand Sarcoma Cancer Foundation founder Missy Bellinger and stand-in emcee Lisa Malosky (Deborah Duncan had a pothole disaster and never made it) launched the fast-paced program. Plaudits were given to Celebration of Survivorship honoree Kristin Elliott, to Commitment to Care Award recipient Dr. Keila Torres and Commitment to the Cause Award to the Freddie Steinmark Family.

In a beautiful twist of fate, former survivorship honoree Alexandra Knight won the raffle for the yellow trillion cut diamond, valued at $12,900, from Tenenbaum Classic Jewelers. Tony Bradfield and Kevin Black made the presentation, helping Knight put on the gold necklace that held the diamond.

Among the many loving this night were Wezy and Bobby Dees, GM of Saks Fifth Avenue which brought in Monique Lhuillier and her spring 2016 collection for the catwalk presentation; auctioneer Jeff Smith and wife Kathryn, Linda and Jerry Fields, Brady Knight, Lindley and Jason Arnoldy, Marsha and David Solomon, Denise Monteleone, Francine and Westy Ballard, Kristy Bradshaw and Laura and Rick Lear.

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