Pershing Orchestra Performing At Condit’s Heavenly Hats Parade

March 3, 2009

The second annual “Heavenly Hats” parade will be taking place on Friday, March 13, on the campus of Condit Elementary School. The festivities will begin at 1:30 p.m., with musical entertainment provided by the John Pershing Middle School orchestra.


The parade celebrates the conclusion of an annual student fundraiser, which benefits patients at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy or other medical treatments.


In 2008, the first year it participated, Condit earned a trophy for collecting the most money statewide for the Heavenly Hats Foundation. This Wisconsin-based nonprofit organization was created in 2001 by Anthony Leanna, who was only 10 years old at the time.


“Heavenly Hats helps patients feel better about themselves and gives them the extra courage and hope to win their fight,” he wrote on his Web site. “Hair loss during the battle of a disease can be uncomfortable, depressing, and at times even a little humiliating. The hat is just a small symbol of hope and love, but my wish is that it will have the power to brighten the patients day so that they can look to the future with a smile.”


Condit students must turn in their collected donations by Tuesday, March 10; however, general contributions will be accepted until Friday, March 13. Checks should be made payable to “Heavenly Hats” and mailed to Condit Elementary School, 7000 South 3rd Street, Bellaire, TX, 77401. Donations will also be accepted online through PayPal at



InstantNewsWestu Staff

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