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Flashes of Hope “Big Shots and Little Stars”

It was a record-breaking evening for Flashes of Hope, in terms of both the crowd who gathered and the money raised.

A total of 1,300 people turned out for Flashes’ annual Big Shots and Little Stars gala presented at Quicken Loans Arena. This was the 12th Big Shots event and the ninth annual celebration partnering with the Cleveland Cavaliers. A record-breaking $1.5 million was raised that evening.

Guests enjoyed food provided by Aramark and a live and silent auction, as well as an “Alice in Wonderland” theme.

The full Cleveland Cavaliers roster, plus other Cleveland area “Big Shots,” including business and community leaders, hit the runway for a fashion show featuring 40 childhood cancer patients. Also taking part were members of the Cleveland Ballet.

The evening began with a VIP and sponsor reception followed by the unforgettable runway show. Guests were encouraged to dress in after-work cocktail or “mad as a Hatter Chic” attire, and some in attendance even sported fascinators and top hats.

Presenting sponsors included the Cleveland Cavaliers, Key Bank, Motorcars and Ultimate Air Shuttle. An after-party took places at Hodges on Euclid Avenue sponsored by K&D.

Flashes of Hope, founded in 2001 by Kip and Alison Clarke, parents of a child with cancer, is a volunteer-driven organization focused on pediatric cancer that provides beautiful photographs of patients and their families. Since its founding, Flashes has photographed more than 60,000 children. In 2009, the organization began funding research and has raised millions of dollars through its Kick-It programs and other initiatives. STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHS BY SUE REID

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