Domestic violence prevention took center stage Friday night as nonprofit Becky’s Fund hosted its 10th annual “Walk This Way” charity fashion show at the historic Uline Arena (1140 3rd Street NE).
The show is famous for featuring athletes as models. This year’s notable names on the runway included Washington male footballers Josh Norman, Vernon Davis, Kapri Bibbs, Simmie Cobb Jr. and alum Clinton Portis, D.C. United’s Bill Hamid, Washington Nationals’ Ryan Zimmerman, Washington Spirit’s Joanna Lohman and Estelle Johnson, Washington Mystics’ Tierra Ruffin-Pratt.
Emceed by journalist and activist Noor Tagouri and WJLA’s Adrianna Hopkins, the event featured clothing from menswear brand STITCHED, womenswear boutique d/elevenand jewelry by Mindy Lam, all worn by prominent Washington influencers as well as the aforementioned sports all-stars, as they walked the runway to beats by DJ two4our.
Before, after — and during — the fashion, attendees sipped specialty drinks and noshed on gourmet nibbles from prepared on-site by some of the city’s most reputable chefs, such as Scott Drewno from RAMMY Restaurant of the Year CHIKO, Maziar Farivar of Peacock Cafe, Jonathan Dearden of Radiator, Jake Addeo of Occidental Grill, Ron Goodman of Ivy City Smokehouse and Philip Thompson of Harth and Rappahannock Oyster Company.
Walk This Way raised more than $150,000 for “Men of Code,” a Becky’s Fund program that engages and educates coaches and young male athletes to become leaders and allies in the movement to end violence against women and girls. With the proceeds from this year’s event, Becky’s Fund says it is able to bring the program to three additional schools in 2019.
*All images credit Travis Vaughn