Cure 4 The Kids Foundation’s Mad Hatter Tea Party Raises More Than $23K To Help Childhood Cancer Survivors


Cure 4 The Kids Foundation’s Mad Hatter Tea Party Raises More Than $23K To Help Childhood Cancer Survivors

 Cure 4 The Kids Foundation’s 4th Annual Mad Hatter Tea Party raised more than $23,000 to benefit the StoryBook Homes Long-Term Follow-Up (LTFU) Clinic for childhood cancer survivors.

The LTFU is Nevada’s only outpatient clinic focused entirely on providing health monitoring and patient-specific education that will help childhood cancer survivors live their healthiest lives. This type of clinic is essential to childhood cancer survivors since some treatments used to cure children of cancer can cause secondary health issues, often called “late-effects.” The LTFU educates patients on their specific risks, which are based on their cancer treatment, their age at diagnosis, their gender, and other risk factors.

Funds raised at the Mad Hatter Tea Party help underwrite the cost of the LTFU and the many critical medical services provided to patients. Like all Cure 4 The Kids Foundation programs, patients are accepted with or without medical insurance, and regardless of their ability to pay— no patient is denied treatment for financial reasons. In addition, all childhood cancer survivors are eligible for LTFU clinic services irrespective of where they received their cancer treatment.

“This was by far our largest and most successful Tea Party event to date,” said Annette Logan-Parker, President & CEO, Cure 4 The Kids Foundation. “While we put a lot of effort into creating a fun and informative event, we also want the public to understand that what we provide through the StoryBook Homes Long-Term Follow-Up Clinic is vital to the long-term health of childhood cancer survivors.”

The outdoor event was held in the courtyard of The Mercer Las Vegas, a resort lifestyle community developed by StoryBook Homes, the namesake of the long-term follow-up clinic. The owners of StoryBook Homes, Wayne & Catherine Laska, fully understand the complications that can arise after cancer treatment. Their son, Collin survived a stage 4 cancer diagnosis, but years after remission, he continues to be affected by the chemotherapy and radiation that saved his life. As a result of the Laska’s journey, and their desire to make resources available to all families, the Laska’s donated $500,000 to the long-term follow-up clinic in 2017 and have continued to support its operations.

The tea party’s featured speaker was Kirstie Ennis, a former marine, an amputee, mountain climber, Hollywood stuntwoman, veteran’s advocate and inspirational speaker. Ennis spoke to attendees of her determination to create a fulfilling life despite the hardships she has endured — a message particularly suited to childhood cancer survivors who can be faced with amputations or other major health complications.

Kirstie Ennis (center) was this year’s featured speaker at the Cure 4 The Kids Foundation Mad Hatter Tea Party. Ennis is a former marine who was shot down in Afghanistan in 2012, an amputee, Hollywood stuntwoman, and an avid mountain climber. She recently returned from an attempt to be the first woman with a leg amputated above the knee to climb Mt. Everest. After making it past 28,000 feet, her team feared they would not have enough oxygen to scale the summit and survive. She plans to attempt Mt. Everest again next year. She spoke to childhood cancer survivors about facing challenges and hardships in their lives, and despite those challenges, finding the ability to overcome obstacles.
(left) Krystal Allan, News 3 Anchor and Reporter; and Annette Logan-Parker, President & CEO, Cure 4 The Kids Foundation

About Cure 4 The Kids Foundation
Founded in Las Vegas in 2007, Cure 4 The Kids Foundation exists to provide high-quality, research-focused medical treatment to children battling cancer and many other life-threatening conditions. Cure 4 The Kids Foundation operates the only outpatient childhood cancer treatment center in the State of Nevada and is proudly accredited by The Joint Commission. This stringent medical accreditation and the required unannounced inspections ensure that patients are getting the best care possible. From the beginning, the mission of Cure 4 The Kids Foundation has been to bring increased community access to these specialized treatments that are leading the way to improved patient outcomes. Cure 4 The Kids Foundation’s Charity Care Program provides high-quality treatment on a sliding scale basis. No patient is ever turned away from treatment for financial reasons. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Mad Hatter Tea Party Benefits Long-Term Follow-Up Clinic for Childhood Cancer Survivors

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“Mad Hatter” Tea Party Benefits Nevada’s Only

Long-Term Follow-Up Clinic for Childhood Cancer Survivors

 The public is invited to an afternoon of tea, sandwiches, cakes — and a double dose of whimsy — as Cure 4 The Kids Foundation presents a special “Mad Hatter” tea party on Saturday, April 16, 2016, at the Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas.

The theme of the fundraising event is based on the Lewis Carroll classic story Alice in Wonderland, and will raise funds for the Long-Term Follow-Up Clinic for Childhood Cancer Survivors, Nevada’s only clinic focused solely on the needs of childhood cancer survivors.

The survival rate for many forms of childhood cancer is 82%. This remarkable increase in survival is due to aggressive chemotherapy, radiation, and surgeries. These treatments that save the lives of children and young adults often cause side effects after treatment is complete. In fact, two-thirds of childhood cancer survivors have at least one serious, chronic medical condition. Being aware of these possible side effects, scheduling needed testing and referrals, and educating patients and families about specific risk factors will lead to longer and healthier lives for childhood cancer survivors. That’s why Cure 4 The Kids Foundation and the Children’s Specialty Center of Nevada created the Long-Term Follow-Up Clinic (LTFU) for Childhood Cancer Survivors.  

Under the direction of Alexandra Walsh, M.D., MSPH, the LTFU clinic screens all childhood cancer survivors no matter where cancer treatment was provided, giving survivors an individualized plan at a multidisciplinary clinic where patients and families can meet with a social worker, neuropsychologist, endocrinologist, education specialist and complementary medicine specialist—all in one day.  

“These children and young adults spent a large portion of their childhoods undergoing serious treatment that included chemotherapy, radiation and in some cases surgery,” said Alexandra Walsh, M.D., Director of the Long-Term Follow-Up Clinic. “We want to keep these survivors as healthy as possible long into the future and provide them as much information about how their particular treatment could affect their future health, and give patients and families information about how to advocate for needed services.”

At the initial clinic visit, a binder is presented to each patient with educational information, treatment summary, and follow-up recommendations. Patients are seen in the clinic at least yearly and scheduled for any needed testing or follow-up services after their clinic visit. Because of Cure 4 The Kids Foundation’s 501(c)(3) nonprofit status and mission, these services are available to those survivors without medical insurance or without the ability to pay for treatment.

The “Mad Hatter” Tea Party is being held in the Palms Room at the Four Season Hotel Las Vegas from Noon to 4 p.m. A limited number of tickets are available for the event and can be purchased online for $130 before March 31, 2016, at Tickets purchased in April are $150.  Donors who would like to sponsor a childhood cancer survivor to attend the tea party can receive additional information by calling Dawn Marie Pavuk at 702-732-0952.

Along with extravagant offerings of bottomless mimosas, tea, cakes, petit fours, sandwiches and other treats, guests will be entertained by roving characters. In addition to a silent auction, talented balloon artist Tawney Bubbles will design a number of outrageous balloon tea hats for purchase.  All donated funds will go toward the Long-Term Follow-Up Clinic for Childhood Cancer Survivors.

Dr Walsh with Long-Term Follow-Up patients and siblings
The Long-Term Follow-Up clinic for childhood cancer survivors is the only clinic of its kind in Nevada. It is designed to address the specific needs of childhood cancer survivors and the long term affects any of their treatments may have on their future health. Dr. Alexandra Walsh (center) is surrounded by current patients of the Long-Term Follow-Up clinic, as well as some of their siblings. As a program of Cure 4 The Kids Foundation, all patients at the Long-Term Follow-Up clinic are accepted with or without medical insurance and regardless of a patient’s ability to pay for treatment.

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Cure 4 The Kids Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Its mission is to provide funding and access to the latest medical treatments for those facing life-threatening diseases such as cancer, rare and ultra-rare diseases, inherited bleeding disorders, rheumatological and genetic conditions.  Dr. Jonathan Bernstein founded Cure 4 The Kids Foundation in 2007. Bernstein saw firsthand the difficulties faced by families whose children were affected by serious illnesses but didn’t have the financial resources or health insurance to receive treatment. Cure 4 The Kids Foundation was created with these families in mind.  Cure 4 The Kids Foundation’s Charity Care Program ensures patients at the Children’s Specialty Center of Nevada and the Hemophilia Treatment Center of Nevada receive medical treatment regardless of family income or presence of health insurance.

Las Vegas’ Legendary Nightspot Ghostbar at Palms Casino Resort Receives Sleek Makeover Just in Time for Return of Ghostbar Dayclub


Las Vegas’ Legendary Nightspot Ghostbar at Palms Casino Resort Receives Sleek Makeover Just in Time for Return of Ghostbar Dayclub

Enter to Win the Ultimate Ghostbar Experience at the Season Three Launch of GBDC on

Ghostbar, the legendary boutique nightclub located on the 55th floor of the Ivory Tower at Palms Casino Resort, has a whole new look just in time for the return of Sin City’s most energizing daylife extravaganza. Ghostbar Dayclub (GBDC), the cold-weather answer to Vegas’ wildly popular pool parties, launches its third season on Oct. 19 in the newly renovated ultra-lounge, promising to amp up its exuberant daytime escapades to match the sleek and sexy new look of the hot spot that elevated Palms to the spotlight of Las Vegas nightlife.

“With a high-energy entertainment, nonstop celebrity sightings, and unparalleled views of the Strip, Ghostbar has become one of the most recognizable names in Las Vegas nightlife,” said Chuck Oliverio, General Manager and Vice President of 9Group. “The Ghostbar remodel is a Vegas must-see and we are excited to introduce its sexy, new look just in time for the return of our famed GBDC parties.”

Part of the $50 million renovation that has transformed Palms, the new Ghostbar has been given a head-to-toe makeover in a palette of black, white and striking fuschia. With dramatic Murano-style chandeliers, smooth leather banquettes with ornate wood carved legs, 14-foot floor-to-ceiling windows and its signature panoramic views of the Strip surrounded by lush greenery on the skydeck, Ghostbar’s new look brings it back to the upper echelon of Las Vegas nightlife. Transforming from an open-seating lounge to a high-energy hot spot nightly, provocative and ornately embellished, Ghostbar’s makeover is more than skin deep. In addition to traditional bottle service, Ghostbar introduces an exclusive Rosé champagne cocktail menu, along with all-new savory hookah offerings.

Finished just in time for the launch of what’s become Las Vegas’ most talked-about cold-weather day party, Palms kicks off GBDC Season Three by giving guests the opportunity to win the ultimate Ghostbar and GBDC experience. Now through Monday, Oct. 7, social media mavens can show off their creative side in Palms’ “What’s Your GBDC” contest, where the grand prize winner who creates the most playful word collage from the first letters of the GBDC acronym will score complimentary admission, a VIP table with a piñata, brown bagged 40-ounce malt liquor beverages, cheeseburgers, GBDC swag and a complimentary one night stay in a beautiful Ivory Suite. Two runners up will also receive complimentary admission, brown bagged 40-ounce malt liquor beverages and GBDC swag. Users can enter online at The top 12 entries will be open for fan vote on Monday, Oct. 7, with the winners being announced on Tuesday, Oct. 15.

Beginning Saturday, Oct. 19, GBDC takes over Ghostbar every Saturday at 1 p.m. Over the last two years, the whimsical, no-holds-barred weekly party has become known for its costumed party-goers, oversized piñatas filled with grownup goodies, spontaneous champagne showers, surprise performances, confetti explosions, wild bottle presentations, gorgeous go-go dancers and unabashed variety of brews and spirits – everything from brown bagged 40s to an oversized group shot-ski.

Season Three kicks it up a notch with a packed schedule of famously fabulous events:

  • Saturday, Oct. 19: “GBDC Grandiose Opening”

*With free champagne from 1-3 p.m. for ladies and complimentary birthday cake shots for all

  • Saturday, Oct. 26: “Back 2 the Future Party” – 80’s costume contest
  • Saturday, Nov. 2: “Day of the Dead”
  • Saturday, Nov. 16: “Mad Hatter Tea Party”
  • Saturday, Nov. 23: “Pre Thanksgiving Edition – Tryptophan Twerk Off”
  • Saturday, Dec. 7: “Here Kitty Kitty”
  • Saturday, Dec. 21: “That’s an Ugly Sweater, but it Looks Good on You”
    • Saturday, Jan. 4: “New Year’s Edition – Balloon Party”
    • Saturday, Jan. 18: “Rebel Pride Mustache Bash”
    • Saturday, Feb. 1: “Tailgating Party”

*With 98.5 KLUC’s on-air personality, Jersey

  • Saturday, Feb. 15: “Trophy Wife”
  • Saturday, March 1: “Knick Knack Fanny Pack”


To make reservations at Ghostbar and for more information, please call (702) 938-9999 or visit Guests must be 21 and older. For GBDC, local ladies are free; local gentlemen are free until 2 p.m. Admission is $10 for ladies and $20 for gentlemen. Ghostbar evening pricing starts at $20 for ladies and $25 for gentlemen. The boutique-nightclub offers a wide variety of amenities and catering options for private events. Ghostbar can accommodate parties up to 350 guests for a reception style event or 150 guests for a plated-dinner function. For more information on private events, guests are encouraged to call 702.942.6962 or e-mail

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About Palms Casino Resort
Palms Casino Resort, heralded as one of Las Vegas’ most sought-after destinations, is an all-encompassing, one-stop experience. The boutique property boasts three distinct towers and a diverse mix of bars and restaurants across a 95,000-square-foot casino. Palms recently completed a multi-million dollar transformation that encompassed an Ivory Tower room and suite redesign, appealing new culinary additions, re-imagined gaming spaces and new, distinctive nightlife experiences. Other amenities include Fantasy Suites, such as the Hardwood Suite, the only hotel room in the world with its own basketball court; the all-new Cantor Gaming® race and sports book, one of the few sports books in Las Vegas to include a poker room; SOCIAL; Scarlet; Chocolat Bistro; tonic bar; newly upgraded Ghostbar; the Pearl Concert Theater; Moon Nightclub; N9NE Steakhouse; Nove Italiano; The View; Simon Restaurant & Lounge; Palms; Kim Vō Salon; Drift Spa & Hammam; Brenden Theatres, a 14-theatre cineplex and more than 60,000 square-feet of meeting space. Palms Casino Resort is located just west of the Las Vegas Strip and I-15 on Flamingo Road. For reservation information, call toll free at (866) PALMS-RES, (866) 725-6773, or visit For groups of 15 rooms or more, contact the Sales Department at (866) PALMS-MTG or (866) 725-6768. Connect with Palms Casino Resort on Twitter @Palms and on Facebook