Gilda’s Club, in partnership with presenting sponsor UnityPoint Health – Trinity Muscatine, will present its Third Annual Runway Red Benefit on Sunday, February 12, 2017 from 2 – 4 pm at The Rendezvous (3127 Lucas Street, Muscatine, IA). The event, hosted by WQAD’s Denise Hnytka, includes a style show, desserts, wine and raffle drawings.

Tickets ($25 each) are available for purchase at CBI Bank & Trust, Community Bank & Trust, First National Bank and Hall Tree Boutique. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.gildasclubqc.org/runway

The style show will feature clothing lines from Cato, Younkers, The HallTree Boutique and Le Chic Prom & Pageant Boutique. Guests will also be entertained with music provided by Miss Central Iowa, Emmy Cuvelier and will be inspired by Francesca Vitale who will share her story of hope.

The State Health Registry of Iowa projected 255 new cancer diagnoses in Muscatine County in 2016. This put Muscatine in the top 15 counties for highest projected number of new cancers in the state.  According to Susan G. Komen Quad Cities, Muscatine County leads Iowa in the highest rate of breast cancer, including a rising level of late stage diagnosis.

Attendees at Runway Red help Gilda’s Club provide support to people with cancer and their families right here in Muscatine. Among other services, the funds raised will provide:

  • Support groups both for someone with a diagnosis and their family members.
  • A survivorship program which helps people deal with the emotional, physical, and nutritional consequences of a cancer diagnosis.
  • Educational workshops such as Coping with the Cost of Care, Side Effects of Treatments, and New Discoveries in Treatment.

When cancer strikes, psychosocial support can be critical to one’s cancer journey. Gilda’s Club has been offering such programs since 2013 in the Muscatine area. The money raised at this event will directly benefit these programs in Muscatine.