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American Cancer Society to host annual fashion soiree

ATLANTA -- This spring, fashion and cancer awareness go hand-in-hand.

On March 4, the American Cancer Society hosts its 22nd annual HOPE Fashion Show at the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead with clothes, food and a silent auction.

The emcee for the show is WXIA-TV anchor Melissa Long, and Cindy Simmons of STAR94 is the keynote speaker for the day. She is a breast cancer survivor.

"The Hope Fashion Show is a special event because it turns the spotlight on cancer survivors while also showcasing the latest fashions," said Melody Saputo and Jane Haro-LaMotte, co-chairs of the 2013 Hope Fashion Show and members of the ACS Auxiliary. "We are proud to host the show for the 22nd year, and we invite everyone to join us for a great lunch and show -- all benefiting the cause of fighting cancer."

The annual event welcomes more than 600 guests to the hotel and this year's theme is "Beautiful You." The idea is to look at the journey each woman experiences when being diagnosed with breast cancer to her treatment and healing.

Tickets are $100 per person, which includes a luncheon, professional spring fashion preview and cancer survivors walking the runway in this year's fashions.

If you would like to remember the day, ACS is selling a charm suitable for a bracelet or necklace. For $20, guests receive the handmade collectible piece, which is the 2013 Hope Fashion Show Girl with a silver tone filigree (patterned metal work) around its perimeter. It is the fifth piece in the series of charms.

Proceeds from the event benefit the American Cancer Society's breast cancer initiative, which includes programs for early detection, community education, patient services and research.

The Ritz-Carlton Buckhead is located at 3434 Peachtree Road in Atlanta. For more information, visit www.hopefashionshow.org.