Gala for Life – A Key West Soiree
By KIM MEYER-WEBB | Photography by MEREDITH MELODY | Hair by AMY HESTER with RED BEAUTY LOUNGE | Makeup by BRIDGET BALTIMORE with BARBARA JEAN | Wardrobe from BARBARA JEAN | Styled by NILES CHILDRESS | Fabric by CYNTHIA EAST FABRICS
Kim Fowler remembers the procedure that saved her husband’s life. “Thanks to Dr. Suen and his amazing team – Chris not only survived stage 4 cancer, he is thriving with a compelling drive to live life to the fullest.” As a result of this experience, the Fowlers are ardent ambassadors for the Winthrop P Rockefeller Cancer Institute. “We have been truly blessed and know the importance of giving back.” Kim and Chris will welcome guests to Gala for Life for an evening of tropical delights.
An Arkansas native, Kim enjoyed an idealistic childhood in Lepanto with “people who helped mold me into the person I am today.” Kim and Chris live in Key West, but keep a family home in Jonesboro. Philanthropy is a priority and the couple supports Arkansas Children’s, the University of Arkansas, the University of Central Arkansas and many more. “It has become second nature for us to contribute where we feel it will have the most impact,” she notes. “Thus, the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute is one of those places.” Cancer Institute Director Michael Birrer – M.D., Ph.D., adds, “The Fowlers exemplify the vision of UAMS – creating a better state of health for all Arkansans. We are grateful for their unwavering support of the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute and their dedication to ensuring that Arkansas’ cancer patients are able to receive the best care here at home.”
This small town girl has big plans – transforming Gala for Life into an elegant evening under the palm trees of the Florida Keys. “We just fell in love with the easy, laid-back vibe and small town feel of Key West. We want guests to experience that, as if they are at one of the many music venues scattered throughout Key West.” Proceeds from the evening will support the National Cancer Institute Designation. The National Cancer Program is one of the pillars of the nation’s cancer research initiative. Designated cancer centers are recognized for exceptional scientific leadership, resources and research. Funding opportunities become available with this designation that allow for additional scientific collaborations and partnerships. Under the leadership of Chancellor Patterson, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences is comprised of a world-class team of experts that inspire patients to believe in its potential as the premier center for healthcare.
With a steadfast commitment to the health o all Arkansans, Kim and Chris believe the physicians and treatment programs at the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences are unparalleled and will only continue to transform lives. “Our roots go deep and our hearts will always be in the Natural State. The Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute saved my husband’s life and words cannot express our appreciation and thankfulness.”