Salute to Champions

Luncheon and Fashion Show

The Post Oak Hotel at Uptown Houston
1600 West Loop South
Houston, TX 77027

On Friday, October 6th, more than 400 guests attended the 12th Annual Salute to Champions fashion show and luncheon to benefit Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Center.

Emceed by Melissa Wilson, Morning News co-anchor for FOX 26, the fashion show featured Patient Champions, cancer patients from Texas Children's, who walked the runway alongside Community Champions, a group of generous Houstonians who do so much to help children battling cancer and make our community a better place.

This year, four returning Community Champions and their original Patient Champions returned to walk the runway together once again. Before strutting the stage in the latest fashion trends from Tootsies and Dillard’s, our Patient Champions enjoyed a fun morning of getting their hair and make-up done. Community Champion Jo Ann Petersen underwrote all of the children’s attire for the event.

A big thank you goes out to our long-time event chairs, Sidney Faust, Judi McGee, Elsie Eckert and Scott Basinger, and the generous sponsors who underwrite this event to raise critical funds in support of research and patient care at Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Center.

View event photos here


Honorary Champions – Legacy Champions

Ken and Mady Kades

Sharleen and Ron Walkoviak

Stephanie and Frank Tsuru

Betty and Jess B. Tutor

Featured New Champions

Maria Moncada Alaoui

Cheryl Byington

Zane and Brady Carruth

Tama Lundquist and Dr. Peter Farrell

Elia Gabbanelli

Connie Kwan-Wong

Rania and Dr. Ramy Mankarious

Kim and Dan Moody, III

Jo Ann Petersen

Susan Peterson

Jennifer Sanders, Vice President, Texas Children's Hospital

Judge Clarease and Cary Yates

If you missed our Salute to Champions event and would like to add your support to the mission of Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Center, donate today!

Questions? Please contact the Office of Philanthropy at 832-824-2945 or email

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