Thursday night was the annual “Rays on the Runway” event hosted by the Rays’ wives held to raise money for the Children’s Dream Fund.
Once again, Kyra Hallett was on hand and snapped a ton of pictures for us. You can see more of Kyra’s work at her website, KyraHallett.com. And below the pictures, Kyra writes about the experience…
Rays on the Runway 2012
Thursday, June 14, 2012 was the Seventh Annual Rays on the Runway, hosted by the Rays wives benefitting the Children’s Dream Fund. It took place at the St. Petersburg/Clearwater Marriott. All 19 Rays that were suppose to show up did. All benefit going to The Children’s Dream Fund who helps make dreams come true to children with a life-threatening illness.
The Rays walked in the latest summer fashions from Saks Fifth Avenue. Rays that showed up were: Ben and Julianna Zobrist, BJ Upton and girlfriend Stefanie Bernett, Burke and Sara Badenhop, Carlos and Pamela Pena, Cesar Ramos and girlfriend Melanie McCauley, Derek and Alison Shelton, Elliot and Nicole Johnson, Jake McGee and wife Morgan McNally, James and Ryane Shields, Jeremy Hellickson and girlfriend Natalie Cresta, Jose Lobaton and girlfriend Nina Dominguez, JP and Heather Howell, Luke Scott, Matt Joyce, Matt Moore and girlfriend Anna Orlando, Sam and Sarah Fuld, Sean and Giselle Rodriguez, Wade and Katelyn Davis and Will Rhymes.
There were eight Dream Models that walked the runway with the Rays. The Shields’ walkedwith 5-year-old Manny who is undergoing treatment for leukemia. Luke Scott walked with Logan; she is dealing with the effects of a brain tumor. Matt Joyce walked with 15-year-old Taylor; she had brain cancer but at the show they announced she is now cancer free! Will Rhymes walked with Jessica; she was diagnosed with leukemia in 2008 at age 10. BJ Upton and girlfriend Stefanie Bernett walked with King; he has sickle-cell disease. The Rodriguez’s walked with 3-year-old Emalie Grace; she was diagnosed with leukemia in 2010. Matt Moore and girlfriend Anna Orlando walked with Jeremy. The Howell’s walked with Jesse; he has cystic fibrosis.
After the runway show, they raised money for the dream fund by auctioning each other off. Carlos Pena took over emceeing auctioning players to give out hugs for money and eventually dragged Elliot Johnson into singing who then talked BJ Upton into doing an Usher duet with him. The room went nuts for the duo and donated a lot just to get close to the players.
Everyone seemed to have a great time and the Rays pulled off another successful Runway Show.