9th Annual 'Children with Hair Loss' Charity Ball Sold Out

Children With Hair Loss (CWHL) is excited to announce that their 9th Annual Charity Ball is a sell-out!

CWHL is a Michigan-based non-profit organization that provides customized human hair replacements at no cost to children with medically-related hair loss. Their 9th Annual Charity Ball fundraising event will be held tomorrow,Saturday, October 26, 2013 at Laurel Manor in Livonia, Michigan a suburb of Detroit.

The CWHL Charity Ball will be a festive night hosted by WDIV-TV Local 4 Detroit traffic reporter and 2008 Miss Michigan, Ashlee Baracy, that will feature a special fashion show to celebrate CWHL donors and recipient children, with fashions presented by Sofi Stella's Children's Boutique and Traffic Jam Boutique.

Kaye Lani Rae Rafko-Wilson, R.N. (Miss America 1988) will provide the keynote speech, and special appearances will be made by: Kayla Martell, who was diagnosed with Alopecia Areata at age 10 and was crowned Miss Delaware in 2010 and Kaitlin Gates, Miss West Virginia 2012, who donated her hair to CWHL onstage during the 2013 Miss West Virginia Pageant. The evening will be capped off with a dynamic live auction that will be hosted by all four former Beauty Queens.

Sponsorships for CWHL and for the Charity Ball event, including professional hair care and beauty product partnerships and corporate opportunities are available. With its growing national network of partners, CWHL has the capacity to provide free customized human hair replacements to thousands of children annually, with the proper funding for manufacturing costs.

Through CWHL, each recipient child receives a free customized human hair replacement & care kit annually until the age of 21. Each complete package can cost up to $5,000. CWHL is the only charitable organization of its kind that provides all products and services completely free of charge, with no hidden fees, financial reporting or required appearances.

Recently, CWHL has enjoyed major successes with the expansion of their services, outreach and fundraising efforts due in large part to their new partnership with TIGI Hair Care, the maker of Bed Head, Catwalk, S-factor, Rockaholic, Copyright©olor, TIGI Cosmetics and TIGI Hair Reborn. TIGI is also a major sponsor of the 9th Annual Charity Ball.

Regina Villemure, founder of CWHL, has been honored by the Paul W. Smith show on WJR Radio in Detroit, as one of 12 outstanding "Women Who Lead," a program designed to recognize women who are positively influencing the community.

"I've been fortunate enough through our work at CWHL to be able to experience the most heartwarming feelings of helping children overcome a huge obstacle to their happiness," said Regina. "At a time when many children need to channel their full energy into healing, the last thing they should be worried about is their looks and their hair loss, but it's a reality. I've seen kids go from being afraid of being bullied at school and having low self-esteem, to gaining confidence and completely turning their lives around. When you turn a child towards a mirror so they can see their new hair for the first time, you see their smile return and you actually witness life coming back to their eyes. It's absolutely amazing."

Additional information about CWHL can be found at www.childrenwithhairloss.us; www.facebook.com/CWHLMI and www.twitter.com/CWHL_org; by phone: 734.379.4400 and by email: info@childrenwithhairloss.us.

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About Children With Hair Loss (CWHL):

Children With Hair Loss (CWHL) is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that provides annual customized human hair replacements and styling services, at no cost, to children with medically-related hair loss until they reach age 21. The goal of CWHL is to empower as many children as possible, by increasing their self-confidence and renewing their self-esteem, which are often lost with the loss of hair. CWHL operates entirely on revenues generated from tax-deductible donations, fundraisers and grants. CWHL is also dedicated to raising awareness of the emotional and psychological effects in children, after hair loss takes place. Additional information about CWHL is available at www.childrenwithhairloss.us.

About Ashlee Baracy:

Ashlee Baracy is currently a morning traffic reporter at WDIV-TV Local 4 in Detroit, and is a former beauty pageant winner. She was crowned as Miss Michigan 2008 and she finished in the Top 10 at Miss America 2009 pageant. Ashlee was also the 1st runner-up for the Quality of Life Award, and her platform was "Breast Cancer Awareness and Education." She has been a caregiver for her mother who is a breast cancer survivor of five years, and took on the mission to create an online support network that went live in 2007. She is a founder of BCDaughters.com, which is an international web site that serves as an outlet for breast cancer victims. She has worked on fundraising efforts for the American Cancer Society and also has become a legislative ambassador and has lobbied in Washington for cancer research.

About Kaye Lani Rae Rafko-Wilson, R.N.:

After winning the Miss Michigan pageant of 1987, Kaye Lani Rae Rafko-Wilson was crowned the 61st Miss America in 1988. She holds the distinction of being the very first Registered Nurse to become Miss America. The American Nursing Association has said Kaye Lani single-handedly alleviated the national nursing shortage during her reign by speaking out on the need for more nurses. Her willingness to speak out led to individual platforms becoming part of the pageant all the way to the local level. Since being crowned, she has used her celebrity to focus attention on the profession of nursing, hospice programs and critical health care issues including cancer and AIDS. http://www.capcityspeakers.com/speakers/Rafko-Wilson.htm

About Kayla Martell:

Kayla Martell was raised in Milford, Delaware by her parents Ron and Rhonda. Her life was forever changed by the diagnosis of Alopecia Areata, which caused her hair to fall out until she was nearly bald. Never losing sight of her childhood dream of becoming Miss Delaware, Kayla competed five times (three without a wig) until her name was finally called as Miss Delaware 2010. She ultimately was named as the first Miss Delaware to place in the Top 10 on a live telecast of the Miss America Pageant. Kayla was awarded 1st Runner Up to the Quality of Life Award and won other national awards such as The Jefferson Award and the Ten Outstanding Young Americans Award for her volunteer service relating to Alopecia Awareness. Kayla is now national spokesperson for Gemtress Hair and Hairloss.com and is a motivational speaker. http://kaylamartell.net/

About Kaitlin Gates:

Kaitlin Gates served as Miss West Virginia 2012 and competed in the 2013 Miss America Pageant, where her platform was "Healthy Kids/Healthy Futures." When her year of service was over, she wanted to donate her hair to Children With Hair Loss and did so onstage during the 2013 Miss West Virginia Pageant. http://kaitlingates.blogspot.com/

About Sofi Stella's Boutique:

Sofi Stella's Children's Boutique was created in 2008 and carries baby and tween clothing, as well as women's collections. Every style is hand-picked and the utmost trendiest style but the most in quality. We take pride in the brands we carry. We also wanted to make our children's boutique fun to shop, trendy and unique! www.sofistella.com

About Traffic Jam:

Traffic Jam Boutique is located in Downtown Wyandotte, MI. The friendly, professional staff is committed to give personal attention to every client. Traffic Jam offers a great selection of classic casual to elegant formalwear for women of all ages and sizes, in fun and upbeat fashion styles for any season or occasion. www.trafficjamboutique.com

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