About Little Black Dress

The Betty Kearns Little Black Dress event was established in 2007, with the purpose of raising funds for local Breast Cancer Programs.

In 2016, the Betty Kearns Cancer Fund was established to help both men and women fighting any type of cancer.

Currently, the Betty Kearns Cancer Fund has funds available at McLaren Port Huron, The Community Foundation and Lake Huron Medical Center to assist individuals in need.

We appreciate the community support we receive! With an increased number of patients in our area, and a state-of-the-art cancer facility and treatment center, we are hoping to be able to help even more families. Your contribution to the Little Black Dress event will only improve our efforts in easing financial burdens during treatment, allowing patients to focus on healing.

Thank you for all of your years of support!

~ The Blue Water Little Black Dress Board & Committee

Cancer does not stop for Covid. In the past several months our world has changed dramatically, but one thing that persists are the diagnoses, treatments, and even losses of those with cancer in our community. Through these times, the Betty Kearns Cancer Fund has moved forward to make remarkable strides to help those in our community because of people like you! The following was accomplished in 2020 because of the generosity and support of this community:

  • Donated funds to purchase new equipment at McLaren Port Huron for the treatment/diagnosis of prostate cancer
  • Establishing the Betty Kearns Cancer Fund at the St. Clair County Community Foundation which will directly help St. Clair and Sanilac County residents who may need treatment outside of our area, including pediatric patients

The Little Black Dress is a long-time community tradition. It has been decided that the show must go on, as so many depend on us for support. The event this year will be held in a unique setting on Friday, March 5 at 6:00 pm. Instead of the usual large sellout gathering, it will be hosted as a live virtual event with opportunities to win several exciting prizes. It may be different, but we encourage participants to still wear your black dress, or black loungewear, gather in small groups in your home and enjoy the evening with us.

We ask that you consider a donation in celebration of this long-time community tradition while you stay safe at home.

2020 LBD committee $25,000 check presentation to McLaren Port Huron.
Pictured from L to R: Andrea Napolitan, ML Kraft, Debbie Reynolds, Carolyn Bonacci, Jennifer Montgomery (McLaren Port Huron past CEO), and Amy Andrews-Curtis

2020 LBD committee $25,000 check presentation to the Community Foundation of St. Clair County.
Pictured from L to R: Amy Andrews-Curtis, Debbie Reynolds, Sara Tait, Carolyn Bonacci, Andrea Napolitan, and Jackie Hanton (Community Foundation)

The fun begins in....









A night to remember...

Friday, March 5, 2021 • 6:00pm on Facebook Live

Streaming LIVE from Kate's Café Go to Facebook Page >>



  Lots of Laughs

  Support Local People

2021 Sponsorship Opportunities

We appreciate the support of our amazing sponsors!

All proceeds from the Blue Water Little Black Dress event go directly to the Betty Kearns Cancer Funds at McLaren Port Huron Foundation and St. Clair County Community Foundation. The funds were established to assist individuals locally, with financial difficulties related to their cancer battle.


2020 Highlights

Thank you to everyone who has supported us over the years to make this event so successful. Thank you for the memories and the encouragement as we strive towards improving the lives, and lessen the financial burden of those fighting cancer in our community.