Lofton the special guest at charity fashion show

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ATLANTA --Linebacker Curtis Lofton will be the honorary chair of Rally Foundation's inaugural Fashion Funds the Cure Atlanta on Tuesday, March 30, at Saks Fifth Avenue at Phipps Plaza, sponsored by Mercedes Benz. Proceeds from the event will directly benefit the Aflac Cancer Center & Blood Disorders Service of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta through the Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research.

"I tackle some of the toughest and meanest football players in the NFL, but that is nothing compared to what these kids tackle every day with cancer," said Lofton. "The mission of Rally has become so important to me, and I will continue to be involved with this event as it grows each year."

Tickets for Rally Foundation's Fashion Funds the Cure Atlanta are $100 each. Guests will have the opportunity to participate in both live and silent auctions while also enjoying a variety of food and drinks. Patron tickets are also available for $250 each and will allow guests to attend a VIP cocktail reception with ?Lofton and other local celebrities.

Jeff Dauhler, from Q100's "The Bert Show," and his wife Jessica, from Q100's "Jessica Shops Atlanta" and jessicashops.com, will serve as the celebrity emcees for the evening.

In addition to professional models showing the best of Saks' 2010 collections, the event will feature Rally Kid models that have battled or are currently battling childhood cancer.

"Rally is looking forward to another successful event and is thrilled to have Curtis Lofton on board to help make that happen," said Dean Crowe, Founder and CEO of Rally Foundation. "It is our hope that this new event will allow us to raise even more money to fund critical research for children fighting cancer."

In just three years, Rally Foundation awarded more than $1 million in research grants while supporting 40 projects in 23 hospitals nationwide. At the Aflac Cancer Center & Blood Disorders Service of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Rally funds the following: the collection of non-tumor tissue in childhood cancer survivors; the comparative genomic hybridization between tumor cells and somatic cells study; a Senior Bone Marrow Transplant Research Nurse and the Phase I solid tumor clinical trial of the Sunshine Project. Rally also funds the Young Adult Survivors Cancer Clinic at the Emory University School of Medicine.

To find out more about the Rally Foundation and its inaugural Fashion Funds the Cure Atlanta, including sponsorship and ticket information, visit: http://rallyfoundation.org/index.php/fashionfundsthe_cure.

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