PANDA Celebrates 20 Years of Support for Steele Children’s Research Center

Posted By on April 10, 2019

The Event: “Children Helping Children” Fashion Show and Luncheon

The Cause: PANDA (People Acting Now Discover Answers)

Mission: The Phoenix Women’s Board of the Steele Children’s Research Center, affectionately known as PANDA, supports the advancement of medical knowledge to improve treatments and cures for devastating childhood diseases.

Top Sponsors: Presenting Sponsor -Fox Restaurant Concepts (FRC), Fashion Partner – Saks Fifth Avenue, Platinum PANDA – Cowin Charitable Fund

Date held: March 30, 2019

Venue: The Phoenician

Fashion Show label: Saks Fifth Avenue

Notable Moments: To celebrate the 20 year history, PANDA Founders Robyn DeBell and Penny Gunning brought together the founding members to kick-off the program. Emotions ran high as PANDA President, Sandy Hobbs, shared her personal story about the loss of her little sister to cancer when she was a little girl. Seven special patients joined their fellow models for the incredible Saks fashion show to complete the festivities.

Dollars raised: $2.9 million for the PANDA Childhood Cancer Inflammation Project

Photo Credit: Heather Buttleman Photography

  • Penny Gunning with Dr. Fayez Ghishan, Director of the Steele Children’s Research Center
  • PANDA Founding Member
  • Kelly and Jordan Vasbinder
  • Myriah Bonsall, Lisa Barnes, Leslie Lehr
  • Nancy Berge, Charlene Berge-Blum, Camerone Parker
  • Dana and Keith Gapusan with Kathy Ritt
  • Angela Isacksen, Jackie Ceran, Sandy Hobbs, Jennifer Thinnes, Jordan Ragland
  • Emcee Tina Curran
  • Auctioneer Letitia Frye
  • Alexis Ghishan and Micheline Etkin
  • Patient Model Abriel Bentley
  • Patient Model Emilia Ellison with her sister, Sophia
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