The snow and sleet could not keep Boston’s fashionistas and Big Sister supporters away from Big Sister Association’s third annual Fashion Show on Tuesday, March 19. The event, led by co-chairs Don Rodman and Carol McKean, was our most successful one yet, raising more than $100,000 to benefit Big Sister’s mission of helping girls achieve their full potential by providing them with positive mentoring relationships with women.
More than 400 guests joined us at the Fairmont Copley Plaza to witness Boston’s most notable men modeling Classic Tuxedo, and professional women models dressed in Denise Hajjar’s Spring 2013 collection. Following a cocktail reception, guests received a warm welcome from the Honorable Mayor Menino accompanied by Big Sisters and Little Sisters. Future fashion designer, Little Sister Rodrienne, beamed with pride as she told the crowd that she had designed and made the dress she wore, with help from her Big Sister Jeanne McDermott.
Guest models included beloved Boston athletes: Red Sox Jason Varitek and Patriots punter Zoltan Mesko. Also modeling were Steve Burton of WBZ-TV, Mikko Nissinen of the Boston Ballet, Jeff Bellows of Blue Cross Blue Shield Massachusetts, Brian Burke of Microsoft, Bryan Rafanelli of Rafanelli Events, Fran Kelly of Arnold Worldwide, Juan Carlos Morales of State Street Global Advisors, Bill Teuber of EMC Corporation, Paul Grogan of The Boston Foundation, Robert Lewis Jr. of HomeBASE, and Tom Crohan of John Hancock.
Emcee Susan Wornick of WCVB-TV5, presented an exciting live auction, including prizes such as an African Safari, Tuscan Villa Vacation, and a Red Sox tickets in a Luxury Suite. Wornick closed the night by thanking all of the guests for supporting the work Big Sister does to ensure the healthy development of girls in Greater Boston, reminding us “there isn’t anything more important than helping children.”
Special thanks to our sponsors Rodman Ford, EMC Corporation, Bingham McCutchen, Ernst & Young, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, PGR Media, Time Inc., The Boston Foundation, State Street, and the Red Sox Foundation. We appreciate all those who supported the event and look forward to an even bigger and better Fashion Show next year!