Cancer picked on the wrong person when it hit 12-year-old Sadie Keller. Not only did she score a win over the disease, she made it her mission to help other youngsters battling cancer. To fund her mission, Sadie’s Sadie Keller Foundation hosted the Yellow Ball at Jet Ten Hangar on Saturday, September 7, with former Dallas Cowboys, local TV personalities and Bachelorette stars. Here’s a report from the field:
Spirits were bright on Saturday, September 7, as guests gathered for an evening of celebration at Jet Ten Hangar for the Sadie Keller Foundation’s Yellow Ball. True to the event name, everyone dressed in yellow as the color embodies “happiness, positivity, remembrance and youth” to celebrate the foundation’s successes and continue, together, to make a difference for all children fighting cancer.
In the crowd, were childhood cancer fighters, survivors, their families, celebrities and guests. Event Co-Chairs Daryl “Moose” Johnston, Jamie O’Banion and Ali Nugent welcomed guests along with Junior Co-Chairs Lily Moayedi and Bella Elrod.
The evening kicked off with a VIP reception at 5:30 p.m. complete with cocktails and a silent auction, featuring a $10,000 diamond from Diamond Treasures. Spotted in the crowd were Luca Manfè, Bill Hutchinson, Brianna Ramirez, Michael Gerani, NBC 5’s Samantha Davies,Miguel Franco, Nora McDonald, Pastor Stephen Hayes and Bachelorette stars Mike Johnson and Connor Saeli.
NBC 5’s Katy Blakey served as the event’s emcee as guests enjoyed a three-course dinner and live auction. Many items were auctioned off, with one lucky bidder winning the Dallas Cowboy Game Day experience which included a helicopter ride to take four guests to the game.
Sadie Keller handed out two awards for the evening: one honoring six childhood cancer fighters who were in attendance at the event, and a second, The Sadie Hero Award, went to 11-year-old Christian Weeresinghe who raised $25,000 for the Sadie Keller Foundation.
The night ended on the dance floor with tunes by DJ Gapp and a live performance from Salvation from Sundown.
Yellow Ball sponsors included Covenant Church, Centurion American, Essence Maserati, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, Diamond Treasures, CFO Suite and EG Steak.
* Photo provided by Sadie Keller Foundation