At the I Want To Share Foundation Charity Gala, young cancer patients became symbols of courage on the runway, embraced by a sea of hope and warmth.
On the night of September 15, the I Want To Share Foundation hosted a truly enchanting gala, celebrating their remarkable 10-year journey, blending elegance, sophistication, and an abundance of compassion.
Leading the charge is the charismatic Sheila Romero, the cover star of Lifestyle Asia’s September issue and the visionary founder of this remarkable foundation.
Picture this: young cancer patients gracing the runway, decked out in couture masterpieces created by industry-renowned designers.
The I Want to Share Charity Gala is more than just a fashion show; it’s a heartfelt tribute to the courage and beauty of these young fighters.
It’s an opportunity to shine a spotlight on their incredible battle for survivorship while supporting the Childhood Cancer Help Desk & Bone Marrow Transplant Unit—Pediatrics Hematology Oncology.
The evening unfolded at the luxurious Shangri-La at The Fort, Manila where guests kicked off the night with canapés and wine, mingling and exploring the remarkable pieces up for auction
As the guests mingled, their attention alternated between engaging conversations and the artistry on display, all in the name of a noble cause.
When it was time for dinner, a scene of sheer elegance awaited inside: tables adorned with gorgeous candles and flowers.
The program commenced with the effervescent Korina Sanchez-Roxas taking the stage.
She welcomed guests with an opening speech, sharing her personal connection to childhood cancer through her brother’s battle, which began at the tender age of 16.
This connection fueled her unwavering support for the foundation’s cause.
Following Roxas’ heartfelt words, the foundation’s founder, Sheila Romero, stepped forward to deliver her opening remarks.
With humility and gratitude, she welcomed the distinguished guests and the doctors from the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) to the inaugural charity gala.
Romero expressed her profound appreciation for the support their advocacy has received, framing the event as a celebration of the foundation’s remarkable decade-long journey.
Romero then introduced the dedicated Board of Trustees and Members of the I Want To Share Foundation.
In a touching moment, she asked everyone to take a candle from their tables, symbolizing a collective pledge to support children with cancer.
The room transformed as the lights dimmed, leaving only the glow of these candles, a symbol of hope amidst darkness, before guests enjoyed their sumptuous dinner.
Following dinner, the stage came alive with a mesmerizing performance by the Halili-Cruz Dance Company.
Tim Yap, the evening’s auctioneer extraordinaire, took center stage.
With him, the room crackled with energy, as bidding paddles shot up like fireworks on a starry night.
The bids flowed freely, creating a heart-pounding symphony.
Before the final round of bidding, the talented Jed Madela serenaded the captivated audience.
Sam Versoza also took the stage to share more about the I Want To Share Foundation and introduce the last auction item.
But it wasn’t just about the items; it was about the people, the connections forged, and the shared commitment to a vital cause.
Bonds formed over admiration for rare artworks, paintings, cars, and pieces of history.
The climax arrived, a crescendo of cheers and applause, as winning bidders claimed their prizes.
It was a dance of joy and triumph, not only for the prizes but for the ultimate victory: supporting children with cancer.
The night exceeded expectations in terms of fundraising, leaving the Board of Trustees and members profoundly grateful for the generous contributions, all dedicated to helping children in need.
Saving the best for last, the evening concluded with a heartwarming fashion show.
Renowned designers like Mark Bumgarner, Rajo Laurel, Andrea Tetangco, Martin Bautista, and Avel Bacudio dressed young cancer patients.
For these brave young warriors, it was a moment of empowerment. It is a chance to show the world they’re more than their medical conditions.
Tears flowed freely as the fashion show unfolded, taking guests on an emotional roller coaster.
They clapped, gave standing ovations, and felt a wave of emotions—from happiness at witnessing beautiful creations to deep empathy for the young warriors battling cancer.
The smiles and poses of these young heroes left an indelible mark on every heart and mind in the room.
In the end, it was more than just a great event. It was an event that filled hearts with warmth and hope.
An event that gives young cancer patients the support and motivation to keep fighting.
Thanks to the I Want To Share Foundation, these courageous children are not just surviving; they’re thriving.
Banner photo courtesy of Daniel Tan.