With a home team boasting an undefeated record two concurrent years straight, Kastles Stadium at The Wharf
is no stranger to champion athletes.
Still, it was a bit out of sporting character to see over a dozen players from the Washington Redskins
and the Washington Capitals
take the court as they did Thursday evening, for the fourth installment of the Walk This Way
fashion show benefiting Becky’s Fund
Taking full advantage of the picturesque backdrop provided by this year’s new host venue (the 2011 show was held inside the Mellon Auditorium), last night’s event began with a bustling cocktail reception for guests overlooking the Potomac.
As ticketholders mixed and mingled, the models themselves could be found backstage with lead sponsor Eric Finn Custom Clothiers
’ Matt Landsberg
making last minute adjustments to their dapper threads for the runway show.
Capitals players Mathieu Perreault
, John Carlson
, and Karl Alzner
and Redskins players Lorenzo Alexander
, DeAngelo Hall
, Ryan Kerrigan
, Reed Doughty
, and Kedric Golston
were but some of the professional athletes to volunteer their time for the occasion.
The night’s co-hosts, Julie Donaldson
from Comcast SportsNet and Dan Hellie
from NBC4, then proceeded to kick the program off in earnest as the more than 1,500 supporters in attendance, including Congresswoman Donna Edwards
, Alaskan Governor Sean Parnell
, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray
and Kastles owner Mark Ein
, settled in for a lively fashion presentation.
Joining the male athletes-turned-models down the catwalk were female models sporting styles from local brands such as Marti Company, Anchyi Wei concept accessories, Melissa Vap Hats, Bishme Cromartie and Charm Georgetown.
The $50,000+ raised from the event benefited D.C.-based non-profit Becky’s Fund, which focuses on domestic violence prevention. The organization was founded by Becky Lee
in November 2006 with the prize money she won as a contestant on the acclaimed CBS prime-time television show Survivor: Cook Islands
Walking the walk has never been the same since.