Thank you for making 2014 Walk This Way a great success!November 18, 2014
Washington, D.C. (October 31, 2014) – Washington Redskins, Baltimore Ravens, DC United players and over 500 Washingtonians came together last night for the Becky’s Fund 6th Annual Walk This Way charity fashion show at the Italian Embassy. The event raised over $200,000 for the DC-based nonprofit Becky’s Fund, an organization committed to the prevention of domestic and dating violence. Washington Redskins Pierre Garçon, Kai Forbath, Chris Baker and Andre Roberts, Ravens CJ Mosley and Chykie Brown and DC United stars Bill Hamid and Chris Pontius donned the newest looks from luxury clothing brand GANT, the event’s official menswear fashion partner. Professional boxer Jimmy Lange, Philadelphia Wings’ Paul Rabil, former NFL stars John Booty and Gary Clark, former Redskin Josh Morgan and US Olympian Giuseppe Lanzone completed the star-studded lineup of men who stepped up as role models to walk the runway and take a stand against domestic violence.
Proceeds from Walk This Way benefitted the Becky’s Fund “Men of Code” program, an initiative that engages and empowers high school athletes to become leaders in the movement to end violence against women and girls. The evening kicked off with a surprise appearance from Friendship Collegiate Academy’s football team, just a handful of the youth enrolled in the Men of Code program. Every year, over three million children witness domestic violence and Men of Code is part of the solution in helping end the cycle of violence that affects 1 in 3 women and 1 in 6 men in the United States today. Check out ESPN’s Outside the Lines coverage of Men of Code at espn.go.com/video/clip?id=
O’Brien Family Fund, CoVant, Diakon Logistics, The Bajaj Family Foundation, Sotheby’s and Michael Hines, Moët & Chandon, Belvedere, Peroni, Turkish Airlines, Gant, Karen Millen, Maserati of Arlington, Prestige Wine Imports, Aesthetic Dental Spa, American Social Sports, BDO, Belvedere Vodka, Charm Georgetown, ChopsByRera, Chanel, Cresa, David Yurman, Versace, DC Style Factory, Dolci Gelati, Donohoe, Georgetown Salon & Spa, Glenfiddich, The Gryphon, Hiro Sake, Jana Sedlakova, Jennifer Harlow, José Andrés ThinkFoodGroup.
Becky’s Fund Founder Becky Lee delivered powerful remarks on the importance of creating awareness about the cause, “What an amazing night – bringing together the community to take a stand against domestic violence. Becky’s Fund is grateful for the support of our athletes who walked as women and men of code in our show to highlight the importance of breaking the cycle with our next generation. Without the generosity of O’Brien Family Fund, GANT, Moët Hennessy USA, Karen Millen, CoVant, Michael Hines and TRR Sotheby’s International Realty, Diakon, Bajaj Family Foundation and our generous donors, this event would not have been possible and we are honored to have been able to partner with these sponsors who are committed in ending domestic violence together.”
Petya Balevska, Vinoda Basnayake, Susan Hammann Bernstein, Megan Blair, Chädleón Bookér, Chelsea Bridge, Maureen Bryant, Johnathan Burns, Brian Cornrich, Zora Costich, Hilary Curtin, Anastasia Dellaccio, Mujesira Dudic, Dawn Espinoza, Maggy Francois, Gunther Gabbert, Flavius Galiber, Lori Lazzarini, Dr. Whitney Austin Gray, Damien Gross, Jay Gutnick, Dannia Hakki, Jennifer Harlow, Michael Hines, Nick Hunter, Reina Jabbour, Loretta Jameson, Charles Johnson, Paul Juergensen, Mitchell Katz, Kathryn Key, Howard Lee, Charles McGuire-Wein, Victoria Michael, David Moretti, Alex Naini, Candace Ourisman, Chris Ourisman, Will Rydell, Michelle Schoenfeld, Jana Sedlakova, Ruth Song, Dario Sotomayor, Mike Sponseller, Angie Stribling, Eric Thompson, Crystal Walent, Kimberly Warfield, Antony Weaver, Anchyi Wei, Nyree Wright, Cici Zouine, and Karen Zuckerman
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