Celebrities Join the Fight Against Pediatric Cancer to Support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Friday, June 21, 2013
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The junior philanthropy set now has a new benefit to add to their “must list”: The St. Jude Inaugural Spring Social. Last night, Amy Fine Collins; Liam McMullan; Consuelo Vanderbilt Costin; Sean Stone; Alex McCord; Rita Cosby; The Parent Trap’s Elaine Hendrix; Willie Garson; Maggie Norris; and NY Daily News dream columnist Lauren Lawrence were among the boldfaced guests and host committee members who graced midtown nightspot NOIR for an evening of red carpet glamour, mouth-watering cuisine, signature cocktails, auction, raffles, and more.

Bringing all of these luminaries together for one evening was event chair and actress Julianne Michelle of Wallstreet 2 and the upcoming Apartment 1303, with Mischa Barton and Rebecca DeMornay. That is how jazz musician and budding philanthropist Cole Rumbough got involved with the host committee: Julianne is a good friend of his, and he has “an original song being featured in her movie, Awakened, coming out in the fall.”

“It’s wonderful to see how many people came to support and raise money for children’s cancer research, which is such an important cause,” Rumbough told AVENUEinsider. “The best thing about St. Jude is that no child is turned away.” Indeed, that is why public donations and fundraising events are so integral to sustaining the organization, with operating costs of approximately $1.8 million each day. Since it’s opening in 1962, St. Jude’s revolutionary treatments have helped increase survival rates of certain childhood cancers from less than 20% to over 80%. ¬†With this newly formed junior group in full force, one can only hope that these survival statistics improve even more. Last night was certainly an auspicious start.


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