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For a Day Foundation Friend-raiser
06/21/2010 - By New York, NY

For a Day Foundation Friend-raiser

Celebrating 10 years of service to children with cancer, The For a Day Foundation hosted a tequila happy hour on Monday, June 21, at Zengo’s La Bibliotecha.

Young Manhattan professionals joined founder Jenna Edwards, also a former Miss Florida, for margaritas and eclectic tequila flights while learning about the Foundation’s current and future programs.

Funds from the event are supporting the organization’s national budget or local NYC activities. For the organization’s first ten years, it operated as Queen for a Day. However, with a long-term goal of providing more programs to children with serious illnesses, it now operates as The For a Day Foundation.

“With our expansion to New York City, the For a Day Foundation will also expand our services to new programming within our current chapters,” says Edwards. The organization supports over 25 local chapters throughout the country and has grown despite a down economy. Edwards explained the current services as therapeutic play time through their Queen for a Day and Hero for a Day events.

The For a Day Foundation hosts parties in hospitals, inviting girls to make-overs and manicures and giving them rhinestone tiaras. Boys receive firefighter, police officer, or superhero-themed gifts, including visits from local fire department units. In NYC, the organization has provided services to patients in Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital at NY Presbyterian and Children’s at Montefiore in the Bronx.

Edwards founded the organization as an 18 year old beauty queen looking to make a difference in her community. After a feature in People Magazine and The Oprah Winfrey Show, she realized Queen for a Day could make a major impact on children throughout the country.

Photos by Ori Dubow

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