This year, the popular Baptist Health fashion show fundraiser, Pearls & Pumps, moves to The Marriott Downtown, where TOPS will be the proud media sponsors. You won’t want to miss this fun, fast-paced mix of fashion and fundraising.

It’s one of the hottest tickets in town other than Derby. The Pearls & Pumps spring fashion show, featuring cancer survivors and some of the city’s best models, offers a first look at new styles and— let’s not forget— mimosas and brunch. The well-attended event, with its theme this year of #Empowering Strong Women, not only raises funds for a worthy cause, but it brings local boutiques right onto the mezzanine at the recently renovated Marriott Downtown, where guests can get a jumpstart on spring and Derby shopping while they mix, mingle and people watch.

The highly-anticipated fashion show transforms the ballroom into our own version of Spring fashion week as models and survivors stride down the catwalk wearing the latest looks and, of course, the most unforgettable hats. This not-to-be-missed experience, scheduled for Saturday, March 16, always draws rave reviews from the sell-out crowds.

Last year, the fundraiser reached its goal of raising $120,000 and hopes to do the same thing again this year.  The event allows Baptist Health to provide rides to and from appointments, customized wigs for their chemotherapy patients, cool caps to help minimize hair loss, blankets for newly diagnosed patients, hour-long oncology massages, Reiki and art therapy, Tai Chi classes and educational resources— just to name a few of the free services for cancer patients that are supported by ticket sales. These services are provided free of charge to the cancer patients.

Crista Steinrock, the Foundation Coordinator for Baptist Health shared the importance of this occasion: “Baptist Health is committed to providing the very best and all-encompassing cancer care. Pearls & Pumps gives us the opportunity to recognize those patients going through it and surviving it. This is a fun day full of fashion, friendship, and family. I guarantee you will leave feeling empowered and inspired by the strong women all around you!”


The Baptist Health Pearls & Pumps #Empowering Strong Women fashion show will take place on Saturday, March 16, at the Marriott Downtown, from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Individual tickets are $100 and tables seat eight. For more information on sponsorship opportunities or to purchase tickets,

Posted on 2019-01-04 by Christine Fellingham