Ophelia Torrey is a 2023 PANDA Model!
What is a PANDA model?
After watching a young mother lose their 9-year-old son to a rare disease, a group of dedicated women came together to do something, and that’s when PANDA (People Acting Now Discover Answers) began. The mission was simple: fuel the science and research that will help treat and cure devastating childhood diseases.
In 2000, PANDA hosted the Valley’s first children’s fashion show to raise funds for the Steele Children’s Research Center. Now 23 years later, more than 1,000 PANDA models have walked the runway and helped PANDA’s board of volunteers raise more than $26 million to support pediatric medical research.
Beyond fundraising, at the heart of PANDA’s mission is empowering the next generation of philanthropists. PANDA provides every model family a variety of opportunities to expose kids to the power of giving back. From hosting a lemonade stand and donating the money to sick children to the PANDA Prowl Fun Run, there are a variety of meaningful events leading up to the big day.
Take a peek at PANDA's 2022 Fashion Show
The 23rd Annual “Children Helping Children” Fashion Show will happen on Saturday, April 8, 2023 at the Arizona Biltmore. Themed “Daydream Believers” this year we’re celebrating childhood and the magic that happens when our community comes together to make the world brighter and healthier for children.
2023 PANDA Model & Community Events
SUNDAY, JANUARY 22, 2023
Fun for the whole family!
A fun run, food trucks, games,
interactive activities, a DJ and more!
Lemonade Stand Day
SUNDAY, MARCH 5, 2023
A beloved PANDA tradition. Kids
throughout the Valley host Lemonade
Stands to raise funds for sick kids.
More info coming soon!