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$100 glasses of champagne, diamond dreams and a glam catwalk raise $600,000 to fight a fierce beast

$100 glasses of champagne, big diamonds & glam catwalk raise $600,000

9 Francine Ballard, Missy Bellinger & Lindley Arnoldy dripping in Tenenbaum diamonds and other sparklers at Catwalk for a Cure November 2014
Showing off their glam jewels from Tenenbaum & Co: gala chair Francine Ballard, from left, ASCF founder Missy Bellinger and gala chair Lindley Arnoldy. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
34 Survivor David Solomon with his doctor and Commitment to Care award recipient Dr. Dejka Araujo
David Solomon with his doctor, Dr. Dejka Araujo. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
1 Alexandra & Brady Knight at Catwalk for a Cure November 2014
Award recipients Alexandra and Brady Knight. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
14 Kevin Black, Deborah Duncan, Tony Bradfield at Catwalk for a Cure November 2014
The Tenenbaum gents Kevin Black, left, and Tony Bradfield with emcee Deborah Duncan. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
33 Stephanie Cockrell, Lisa Holthouse, Kathryn Smith, Jessica Mena
Stephanie Cockrell, from left, Lisa Holthouse, Kathryn Smith and Jessica Mena. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
41 Underwriter Dinner Host & Hostess Jana & Scotty Arnoldy at Catwalk for a Cure November 2014
Jana and Scotty Arnoldy. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
32 Staci Belew, Stinelli Castaneda, Michelle Delgado at Catwalk for a Cure November 2014
Staci Belew, from left, Stinelli Castaneda and Michelle Delgado. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
19 Missy & James Bellinger at Catwalk for a Cure November 2014
Missy and James Bellinger. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
23 Rosemarie Johnson, Courtney Hopson, Melissa Mithoff at Catwalk for a Cure November 2014
Rosemarie Johnson, from left, Courtney Hopson and Melissa Mithoff. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
6 Ernie & Stephanie Cockrell at Catwalk for a Cure November 2014
Ernie and Stephanie Cockrell. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
16 Luvi Wheelock & Elizabeth Fertitta at Catwalk for a Cure November 2014
Luvi Wheelock, left, and Elizabeth Fertitta. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
2 Becca Cason Thrash & Allie Fields at Catwalk for a Cure November 2014
Becca Cason Thrash, left, and Allie Fields. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
43 Wezy Dees & Sylvia Forsythe at Catwalk for a Cure November 2014
Wezy Dees, left, and Sylvia Forsythe. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
8 Final bow Keren Craig & Georgina Chapman at Catwalk for a Cure November 2014
Keren Craig, left, and fashion designer Georgina Chapman. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
Lauri and Jeff Mauldin at Catwalk for a Cure November 2014
Cancer survivor Lauri Mauldin and husband Jeff Mauldin. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
10 Marchesa fashions at Catwalk for a Cure November 2014 Greggory Burk
Greggory Burk in Marchesa. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
17 Marchesa fashions at Catwalk for a Cure November 2014
The event had a floral theme. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
9 Francine Ballard, Missy Bellinger & Lindley Arnoldy dripping in Tenenbaum diamonds and other sparklers at Catwalk for a Cure November 2014
34 Survivor David Solomon with his doctor and Commitment to Care award recipient Dr. Dejka Araujo
1 Alexandra & Brady Knight at Catwalk for a Cure November 2014
14 Kevin Black, Deborah Duncan, Tony Bradfield at Catwalk for a Cure November 2014
33 Stephanie Cockrell, Lisa Holthouse, Kathryn Smith, Jessica Mena
41 Underwriter Dinner Host & Hostess Jana & Scotty Arnoldy at Catwalk for a Cure November 2014
32 Staci Belew, Stinelli Castaneda, Michelle Delgado at Catwalk for a Cure November 2014
19 Missy & James Bellinger at Catwalk for a Cure November 2014
23 Rosemarie Johnson, Courtney Hopson, Melissa Mithoff at Catwalk for a Cure November 2014
6 Ernie & Stephanie Cockrell at Catwalk for a Cure November 2014
16 Luvi Wheelock & Elizabeth Fertitta at Catwalk for a Cure November 2014
2 Becca Cason Thrash & Allie Fields at Catwalk for a Cure November 2014
43 Wezy Dees & Sylvia Forsythe at Catwalk for a Cure November 2014
8 Final bow Keren Craig & Georgina Chapman at Catwalk for a Cure November 2014
Lauri and Jeff Mauldin at Catwalk for a Cure November 2014
10 Marchesa fashions at Catwalk for a Cure November 2014 Greggory Burk
17 Marchesa fashions at Catwalk for a Cure November 2014

The recent "Catwalk for a Cure," always a glam evening, could have been dubbed "Beauty and the Beast," beauty being the lavish fashions by Marchesa and the jewels from Tenenbaum & Co. The beast? Sarcoma cancer.

Though nothing could taint the sophisticated razzle-dazzle of the evening, the mission of raising funds for the Amschwand Sarcoma Cancer Foundation was never far from the forefront as the evening's honorees were a survivor, a doctor and a patient currently undergoing chemotherapy.

Guests also loved the 8-foot long Tenenbaum ice bar where for $100 guests could get a numbered glass of Veuve Cliquot and a chance to win a diamond valued at $10,000. 

Spirits ran high in the Royal Sonesta ballroom where The Events Co. brought in a giant crystal chandelier and Tenenbaum's Tony Bradfield and Kevin Black not only decorated the chairs with sparkling bling but also the tabletops with diamond collections as centerpieces. Guests also loved the 8-foot long Tenenbaum ice bar where for $100 guests could get a numbered Tenenbaum glass of Veuve Clicquot and a chance to win a diamond valued at $10,000.

Special guests, courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue, were Marchesa designers Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig, who enlivened the ballroom with a show of their exquisite gowns.

Applause, applause to chairs Lindley and Jason Arnoldy and Francine and Westy Ballard as well as to ASCF founder Missy Bellinger. The evening raised more than $600,000 for research into the cancer. Key players included emcee Deborah Duncan and auctioneer Jeff Smith.

In the spotlight on this evening were Celebration of Survivorship honoree Lauri Mauldin, Commitment to Care award recipient Dr. Dejka Araujo and Commitment to the Cause award recipients Alexandra and Brady Knight, the latter award presented by the couple's close friend Greggory Burk. In a moving presentation Brady Knight courageously shared his wife's latest chapter in the sarcoma journey.

Sarcoma survivors walking the runway in a celebratory conclusion to the night were Amanda Hawes, David Solomon, Dr. Stephen Fadem and Caroline Richards. Their victories were honored with a standing ovation from the crowd that included James Bellinger, Stephanie and Ernie Cockrell, Rosemarie Johnson, Jana and Scotty Arnoldy, Kathryn Smith, Lisa and Michael Holthouse and John and Becca Cason Thrash.