We were honored to be the official photographer for Kids Beating Cancer in Orlando, press release:
Dear Friends and Supporters,
We’re excited to share the highlights from our recent event, the Hats and Heroes Ball, and provide you with a glimpse of the incredible work the Kids Beating Cancer organization does to make a difference in the lives of children battling cancer.
Kids Beating Cancer (KBC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that every child has the opportunity to beat cancer and live a healthy, happy life. Since inception, they’ve been committed to funding life-saving treatments, providing essential resources, and offering support to children and families affected by pediatric cancer.
This spectacular event, organized by Whitney Carillon Events, in collaboration with The Kids Beating Cancer Team and The Clane Gessel Team, was a true celebration of hope, resilience, and the power of community.
Hats and Heroes Ball: A Night to Remember
On October 21, 2023, KBC hosted their annual gala, the Hats and Heroes Ball, at the exquisite Grand Crystal Ballroom at The Waldorf Astoria Orlando, brought to life by Whitney Carillon Events. It was a night filled with glitz, glamour, and, most importantly, a heartfelt commitment to making a difference.
Guests arrived dressed in their finest attire, with many sporting elegant hats in line with the party theme. The evening was a spectacular fusion of celebration, entertainment, and philanthropy. Attendees enjoyed a gourmet dinner, live music, and dancing, all while sharing inspiring stories of hope and resilience.
One of the highlights of the night, was showing the children their personalized superhero avatars as they walked across the stage to a round of applause. The support and victory was felt throughout the room. Earlier this year, The Clane Gessel Team visited the children during their superhero party where Clane Gessel took headshots of each child that wanted to participate. Then, Chloe Cahill edited each photo into a superhero avatar reflecting outwardly the inner strength each of the children possess.
“We are deeply moved and inspired by the perseverance these little superheroes display, and we were honored to participate in their journey. This was, by far, our favorite event in 2023 and it was so rewarding to see their reaction to the super hero version of themselves.”
Take a brief behind the scenes look at what went into making this event.
Record-Breaking Funds Raised
The Hats and Heroes Ball was a resounding success, raising an astounding $1.5 million for Kids Beating Cancer. This is a record-breaking achievement, and we are incredibly grateful to our generous donors, sponsors, and supporters who made this possible. These funds will be instrumental in advancing our mission of ensuring that every child has access to life-saving treatments and support services. Donations can be made here.
About the Remarkable Teams Behind the Event
- Whitney Carillon Events: With a passion for creating memorable and impactful events, Whitney Carillon and her team meticulously crafted the Hats and Heroes Ball. Their dedication to philanthropy and event planning made this event possible. Whitney, has lead the charge for _ years and
- The Kids Beating Cancer Team: Kids Beating Cancer, a nonprofit organization, has been at the forefront of supporting children battling cancer and their families. Their unwavering commitment to providing life-saving treatments, resources, and support services is the driving force behind this event.
- The Clane Gessel Team: Clane Gessel and his team brought their talents in photography and storytelling to capture the essence of the event, ensuring that the stories of courage and hope would be shared with the world.
- Thank you to all the vendors that donated their time and talents, it was truly a pleasure working with you: ___ insert vendors here.
We want to express our deepest gratitude to KBC and Whitney Carillon Events for involving our studio in this worthy cause. Together, we are making a significant impact on the lives of children and families facing the challenges of pediatric cancer.
Stay tuned for more updates on our work, upcoming events, and heartwarming stories of hope.
With gratitude and hope,
The Clane Gessel Team