Heroes for Children Raises $264,605 For Families Battling Cancer

Heroes for Children Tracie Reiter, Kris Morton, Julia Sponsel and Molly Carter

Heroes for Children, a unique nonprofit organization that provides financial and social assistance to families with a child battling cancer, hosted the 11th annual Heroes and Handbags designer handbag auction and brunch on Friday, April 8, 2016, at The Ritz Carlton – Dallas. More than 430 guests were in attendance and raised $264,605 for Heroes for Children.

Larissa Linton, Dawn Greiner, Julianna LeBlanc

Heroes for Children Co-founder and
Executive Director Larissa Linton with
event chairs Dawn Greiner and Julianna LeBlanc.

“When my daughter Taylor was diagnosed in December 2000, I was a stay-at-home mom with two kids under age 3 and a third on the way. Our one-income family could not afford full-time childcare, in addition to the other out-of-pocket expenses that come with a cancer diagnosis,” says Larissa Linton, co-founder and executive director for Heroes for Children. “We were blessed to have a strong community of friends to step in and help us during our time of need.”

“Each year this event allows us the opportunity to enjoy a beautiful brunch and snag a new handbag for our spring wardrobe, while raising money for Texas families who are facing similar battles. We are beyond grateful for our dedicated supporters who have helped us provide financial and social assistance to more than 4,500 families.”

At this year’s Heroes and Handbags event, chairs Dawn Greiner and Julianna LeBlanc planned a beautiful brunch featuring more than 150 designer handbags available for auction from designers like Chloé, Chanel, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Yves Saint Laurent and many more. Guests also bid on a bag for a hero, providing the moms, grandparents or special caregivers of children battling cancer with a handbag filled with gift certificates and wish list items to help make their lives easier.


The next event hosted by Heroes for Children is the annual summer golf tournament scheduled for June 17, 2016, at TopGolf Allen. Guests of all ages are invited to join Heroes for Children to sip drinks, savor tasty bites and participate in a chance to win awards, raffles and prizes during three hours of TopGolf play. To sign up, purchase tickets or for more information about this event, visit

About Heroes for Children

Heroes for Children is a unique nonprofit organization that provides social and financial assistance to families with a child battling cancer. Since 2005, Heroes for Children has helped alleviate families’ worries, giving them comfort and a brief respite from the everyday challenges of fighting cancer and care giving. Since its inception, more than $5 million has been given to 4,200 families in need. To learn more about Heroes for Children, visit

Rebecca Silvestri
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Rebecca Silvestri is the executive editor at Local Profile. She is also the wife of Philip Silvestri, Publisher of Local Profile.

In a previous life, Rebecca was a math teacher (in London and the Dominican Republic).

Philip and Rebecca have a little boy named Theo and a baby girl named Luna Rose.



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