Thank You to Our 2018 Sponsors


2018 Hats & Heroes Ball, Dream the Dream, benefiting Kids Beating Cancer


When facing a pediatric cancer diagnosis, every family has a choice: give up or fight, hope, dream and love their way to a cancer-free world for their child.

We believe “Science is the Cure”, through your support you will be part of our commitment to bring research and clinical trials to the Kids Beating Cancer Pediatric Transplant Center. On this evening we will take you through a Parisian dream, complete with exquisite French cuisine, elegant fashion and vital fundraising opportunities at our Dream the Dream Hats & Heroes Ball 2018.

Main Event

7–10 P.M. – Ballroom Doors Open, Program Show, Dinner & Entertainment Begins

Selected Songs in Concert Featuring:
Terry Barber | Shelley Keelor | Jonathan Cummings

Saturday, September 29, 2018
Waldorf Astoria Orlando

Black Tie Preferred, Hats Recommended

Headliner: Terry Barber and his Orchestra Performing the Music of Les Misérables

Terry Barber — International Countertenor

The star and Artistic Director of this series is Terry Barber, an internationally acclaimed, rare counter tenor. He is known for his extraordinary range, both vocally and stylistically. Terry is a past member of the two-time Grammy-winning vocal group, Chanticleer, mentioned for six Grammy’s in 2016. He has performed in some of the best venues in the world, including the Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall, and Moscow’s Svetanlov Hall. He has been a soloist on recordings for every major label with a variety of artists and even the London Philharmonic.


Before the Ball

5 P.M. – VIP Premium Cocktail Reception & Entertainment

5:30 P.M. – Cocktail Reception & Silent Auction


 After the Ball

10 P.M.–1 A.M. – VIP After Party

Hats & Heroes Ball Committee

Kids Beating Cancer is so honored to have such an amazing committee of volunteers who share in the passion of our mission. These ladies and gentlemen are dedicated professionals that are hard-working and know how to throw an amazing party and most importantly — raise money!

Event Chair

Sam Azar
Sam Azar, Co-owner of Azar Diamonds

Sam Azar, our 2018 Event Chair of the Hats & Heroes Ball, will be leading the charge this year.

As one of the top jewelers in Orlando and with offices in Los Angeles and Brussels, he is the co-owner of Azar Diamonds.

He is very involved in the community and sits on several boards, such as The Mennello Museum of American Art, Victim Service Center of Central Florida, Inc. and Kids Beating Cancer.


Hats & Heroes Ball Committee Members:

  • Kelly Allred
  • Anna Allred
  • Gloria Bocchino
  • Melissa Bornstein
  • Donna Boyer
  • Cristina Calvet-Harrold
  • Whitney Carillon
  • Teresa Collard
  • Melanie DeSanto
  • Shelly Ewing
  • Eric Hare
  • Amy Hernandez
  • Mary C. Kenny
  • Vanessa Ketcham
  • Jen LaRue

  • Erin Lasser
  • Margaret Levitt
  • Kelly Lyons
  • Ken Lyons
  • Cecelia Marshall
  • Padgett McCormick
  • Kim McFadden
  • Nadja McMillan
  • Carrie Miller
  • Charlett Porter
  • Zelda Rariden
  • Celia Silva
  • Natalie Villafane
  • Tracy Weiss
  • Kaylene Woo

2017 Hats & Heroes Recipients


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