About The Hats & Heroes Ball

This is a TOP SECRET invitation to “007 Shaken not Stirred” Kids Beating Cancer’s Hats & Heroes Ball, on Saturday, October 1, 2016, at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando. We have an action packed evening filled with mystery, music, and martinis, (Shaken not Stirred of course), for all our Spies! Your mission is to attend and enjoy the mysteries as you travel through the top Bond films over the last 52 years; from Casino Royal, Goldfinger, Diamonds are Forever to Skyfall, along with your Bond Black Tie preferred, you will enjoy exquisite cuisine, premium cocktails, Bond’s favorite martinis and casino games. This Oscar-winning evening will bring cures to children through the Kids Beating Cancer Pediatric Transplant Center.



Healing Hero of Excellence in Pediatric Medicine

Raymond Woo, MD
Medical Director,
Orthopaedic Surgery for Florida Hospital for Children


Healing Hero of Excellence in Community Service

Bill Hull
Dealer Partner,
Massey Cadillac


Evening Agenda

5 – 6 PM: KBC VIP SPIES ONLY Cocktail & Casino Reception

6 – 7 PM: Cocktail Reception and Silent Auction

7 PM: Ballroom Doors Open, Dinner Show, Entertainment, Hero Awards, Walk of Heroes & Live Auction

10 PM – Midnight: Show Ends.  Join us for the after Ball, “007 Casino Royal Party”  with blackjack, roulette, craps, and a DJ. No reservation necessary.  (Cash bar)





Hotel Information

Hotel Host: Waldorf Astoria Orlando

Address: 14200 Bonnet Creek Resort Lane, Orlando, FL 32821

Ballroom: Bonnet Creek (closest to the Hilton Valet)

Special Hotel Room Rates:

  • Waldorf: $209 plus tax
  • Hilton: $149 plus tax

Waldorf Astoria Orlando
Call 1-888-353-2009 and mention Kids Beating Cancer Hats & Heroes Ball Rate

Guests are also entitled to:

  • 20% Discount on golf & spa
  • Unlimited Internet in guestrooms & public areas
  • Two welcome drinks in Peacock Alley
  • Access to the Waldorf Golf Club practice facility (driving range; putting range) and complimentary equipment rentals
  • Bike rentals (reservations recommended)
  • Access to Waldorf Astoria Spa and fitness amenities
  • 20% off at the Pro Shop located within Waldorf Astoria Golf Club
  • 10% off pool cabana rentals (reservations recommended)

Reserve a Room at Waldorf Astoria Orlando Online

Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek
Call 1-888-353-2013 and mention Kids Beating Cancer Hats & Heroes Ball Rate

Reserve a Room at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek Online

Valet Parking Waldorf Astoria Orlando & Hilton $12.00

Kids Beating Cancer

The Only Nonprofit Foundation of its Kind in America, Kids Beating Cancer is advancing cures through the science of cutting-edge treatment at the Kids Beating Cancer Pediatric Transplant Center at Florida Hospital for Children, while providing resources and support for children with cancer, leukemia 
and related life-threatening diseases throughout the treatment process. Kids Beating Cancer pays for the transplant testing and donor identification (costs never covered by Medicaid and only partially covered by insurance) for children at the Kids Beating Cancer Pediatric Transplant Center. By removing these financial barriers, any child can have access
 to bone marrow and stem cell transplantation, the best and only hope for a cure. Led by Medical Director, Dr. David Shook, the 
Kids Beating Cancer Pediatric Transplant Center is the only transplant center in Central Florida, and the second busiest center in the state, serving children from all three Central Florida hospitals: Arnold Palmer, Nemours, and Florida Hospital for Children. Year-end projections for the Kids Beating Cancer Pediatric Transplant Center is to be the busiest transplant center in the state, offering cutting-edge, new therapies only available at a handful of centers nationwide.

Hats & Heroes Ball Committee

Kids Beating Cancer is so honored to have such an amazing committee of volunteers who share in the passion of our mission. These ladies and gentlemen are dedicated professionals who are hard-working and know how to throw an amazing party!

2016 Ball Chair

Jessica Hallgren Kendrick, our 2016 Event Chair of the Hats & Heroes Ball, will be leading the charge again for the second year in a row. She recently opened her law firm, The Kendrick Law Group and is the founding member of Concierge at Law. She is married to Dr. James Kendrick and has a step-daughter, Juliette, and a son, Connor. She also serves on the Florida Hospital for Children and Kids Beating Cancer boards and is fully committed to creating a spectacular ball.


2016 Ball Vice-Chair

Sarah Geltz, Esq., is the Gala Co-chair of the Hats & Heroes Ball. She is a founding member of Concierge At-Law, LLC and is an in-house attorney for US Retirement Partners. She is married to Tim Geltz and has two step-daughters, Olivia and Sydney, and a son Ben. She is involved with many charities in the community and is very passionate about Kids Beating Cancer.


Hats & Heroes Ball Committee Members:

  • Arine Albert
  • Stephanie Addison
  • Sam Azar
  • Nikki Basso
  • Gloria Bocchino
  • Samantha Boomer
  • Melissa Bornstein
  • Donna Boyer

  • Dr. Lori Coffae
  • Shelly Draves
  • Jill Healey
  • Amy Hernandez
  • Melisa Medina
  • Wendy Ricchi
  • Cara Robertson
  • Ashlei Stevens


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