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Annual shopping event to benefit MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital

November 27, 2018

The Houston Tri Delta alumnae chapter is holding their fifth annual SALE shopping event on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 12-13, at the Bayou City Event Center, 9401 Knight Rd., benefiting pediatric cancer research.

According to Jess Moss, president of Houston Tri Delta Philanthropies Inc., the national Tri Delta chapter also supports pediatric cancer, fundraising for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Because of the Houston chapter’s proximity to the Texas Medical Center, the local chapter was able to continue that support.

This year’s The SALE will benefit MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital. In the past, the event has benefited Texas Children’s Hospital.

Moss notes that The SALE is the alumnae chapter’s one and only fundraiser, and it takes all year to plan and execute.

“Our first sale was in 2015, and we got off to a great start. We had 43 vendors our first year. Now we will have over 50 boutiques this year and we have a wait list. We are expecting over 1,000 shoppers,” Moss said.

The amount of money the chapter has been able to fundraise continues to grow each year. The first year they raised $165,000, and last year’s event brought in $220,000.

“Only four percent of national governmental research goes to fund pediatric cancer research. There is a real need. We feel passionate about serving those families,” Moss said.

Janet McCloskey, senior associate director in the development office at MD Anderson Cancer Center, and also a Tri Delta member, notes that the hospitals and research centers rely on donors and organizations to raise funds for them, because of the small amount of research funding allotted.

According to McCloskey, cancer is the number one cause of death by disease in children. More than 15,000 children up to age 19 are diagnosed with cancer in the U.S. each year.

The Houston Tri Delta alumnae chapter has specifically helped fund research for sarcomas, or tumors that occur in the bones and soft tissues, specifically osteosarcoma and Ewing’s sarcoma.

“Sarcoma research has not made much progress in 40 years, but it is on the verge of breakthroughs that haven’t been seen in decades,” McCloskey said.

McCloskey notes that having the Children’s Cancer Hospital within a hospital that is the number one ranked cancer care center is beneficial, because resources can be shared, and adult clinical trials could be opened up to pediatrics.

“We have launched the Adolescent and Young Adult oncology program. That helps patients that are in this strange in-between age, from 15-29. They often get left behind,” McCloskey said.

McCloskey notes that the teenagers and young adults in this age group often get diagnosed with sarcomas, which is why The SALE has been so beneficial.

The SALE will feature different local boutiques that will have a wide arraignment of items from apparel and furniture to stationary.

General admission is $20 per person in advance or $25 at the door. Shopping hours are noon to 5p.m. on Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday. There is a Champagne Shopping Preview on Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to noon for $150. The Weekend Shopper ticket gets visitors in for two days of shopping for a discounted price of $30. On Sunday there will be a panel discussion featuring Caroline from House of Harper, Marla from The Blonde Pantry and Estela from Switch2Pure.

“We have over 100 Tri Delta volunteers that make The SALE possible. It is a neat way for us to have fellowship with each other and do something meaningful for the local community,” Moss said.

For more information visit https://www.thesalehouston.com/.

rebecca.hazen@chron.com

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