Posts Tagged ‘charity’

Helping the innocent

In my job I have seen some pretty unbelievable things. Many of them involve children. Physical, mental and sexual abuse is happening in homes all around us. It’s hard to think about but for the innocent children it cannot be ignored. When I learned about Safe Spot and how it provides a safe haven for young victims in Fairfax County I knew it was a group I had to support. They are so passionate about helping these victims. In my eyes, they are real heroes. I was honored to emcee their annual Passion for Fashion charity fashion show at Bloomingdale’s at Tysons Corner. Safe Spot is always looking for people to join their mission. Get more information here at (Photos by Jan Miller)

Pecos is a service dog that helps children feel at ease at the center.




The Safe Spot crew– AMAZING women!



My awesome girlfriends Amy and Kristen! So great to see them there!


Stunning looks provided by Bloomingdale’s




Join me Sept 12th: St. Jude’s Heart of Fashion

This is a really great event! If you can make .. would love to see you!


We are less than 1 month away from the St. Jude Heart of Fashion (HOF)!

Saturday, September 12 || 11:30AM – 2:00PM

Neiman Marcus Mazza Gallerie

Join me and a fabulous crowd of attendees as we unite together for a day of fashion and philanthropy to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

St. Jude leads the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.  Located in Memphis, Tennessee, the center is at the cutting-edge of the latest medicine and research in life-threatening pediatric diseases, such as cancer, all while freeing families from the biggest burden in getting life-saving healthcare: the cost.

Events like the HOF are so important to the continued success of St. Jude because the center receives the majority of it’s funding from generous donors.   With a $2 million a day hof1operating cost, every dollar counts and the results are evident today as St. Jude has increased the survival rates for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) from 4% (in 1962) to 94%.

Tickets for the Heart of Fashion

$150 Individual || $500 VIP

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The event will feature a full runway presentation of looks from Italian fashion designer Brunello Cucinelli’s Fall/Winter 2015 collection while guests enjoy brunch bites, champagne and an amazing silent auction!  NBC 4 Metorologist Doug Kammerer will return once again this year to emcee the event.

Last year’s HOF was completely sold out and the same expected this year.  Below are a few pictures from last year’s HOF to get you even more excited hof11for this year’s.

Save the Date: February 21, 2015

Teen inspires DC’s Largest Poker Tourney

Kennedy Snyder has spent 11 of her 13 years fighting spinal cord cancer. Her undeniable spirit and optimism has helped her in the fight and inspired what has become the biggest charity poker tournament in Washington.

The 10th Annual Chance for Life Poker Tournament will be held February 21, 2015. Over the last 9 years the event has raised more than $1 million dollars in the fight against pediatric spinal cord cancer.
The events of the day include a silent auction, wine tasting and after party. The Chance for Life poker tournament champion will win a seat at the World Series of Poker tournament in Las Vegas. NBC4’s Doug Kammerer, Jim Vance, and Veronica Johnson have also been big supporters of the event.

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What: 10th Annual Chance for Life Poker Tournament & Wine Tasting
Where: The Sphinx Club at Franklin Square at 1315 K Street NW, Washington, DC 20005
When: February 21, 2015

Schedule of Events:
Doors Open for tourney at Noon- 8PM
Wine reception 8pm-10pm
After Party 10PM-1AM

About Chance for Life
Chance for Life was founded by Brad Nierenberg, President and CEO of Red Peg Marketing located in Alexandria, Virginia. Now in its ninth year, Chance for Life has raised nearly 1 million dollars for spinal cord tumor research since its inception in 2005. 100% of proceeds from the event benefit the Spinal Cord Tumor Association, which is a registered 501(c)3 charitable organization. For more info about the event, visit

Follow Chance For Life on twitter @ChanceforLIfe

Summer Fashion Series Continues

It’s here… the next show in April Yvonne’s Signature Style Series, partnered with the Capella Georgetown, D.C., featuring Calypso St. Barth will occur on May 14th from 12pm – 2pm on the Rooftop Lounge of the hotel.

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On the heels of a sold-out show in March with Elie Tahari, April has brought in one of her favorite luxury resort wear brands right in time for the warmer weather! “Calypso St. Barth is a must-go for me personally and for my clients because they have perfect pieces to pack for warm weather getaways and I always find beautifully unique items,” said April.

So what is it you ask? Well, it all started when April wanted to bring a portion of what she experiences during Fashion Week in New York here to DC, so she created the Style Series, where by partnering with designers and luxury brands, April conducts sold-out fashion events allowing her following to experience first-hand her inherent passion and devotion to fashion. In addition to being one of DC’s top fashion stylists, April is also the Resident Stylist at the Capella DC, so this partnership was a match made in heaven for her series.

The Calypso St. Barth show will take place on the exclusive Rooftop of the Capella DC, which offers stunning views of our beautiful city…the perfect backdrop for the informal presentation April will conduct showcasing some of her favorite looks from Calypso St. Barth’s latest collection as guests enjoy a delicious lunch and cocktail from the hotel’s restaurant, The Grill Room.

Following, guests will be able to shop on-site all the looks April presents during the show and receive on-hand fashion advice from April and representatives from Calypso St. Barth.

Plus, each ticket purchase qualifies you in for a chance to win some AMAZING raffle prizes, like: a Calypso St. Barth dress, valued at $495; a Beauty Class for you and 5 friends at Blue Mercury Georgetown; brunch for two at The Grill Room; or a 1-hour personal shopping trip with April Yvonne.

Finally, a portion of the ticket proceeds will benefit a charity that is very near and dear to April – St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, whose mission is to find a cure for children with cancer and other life-threatening diseases through research and treatment and where no family every pays St. Jude for anything.

Here’s a peek at some of the looks you will see and shop at the show:

DC Couple Changes Name to What??

Changing your name in the name of changing the world. This morning I introduced you to one DC couple who vows to do it.

This is not a joke… Jeff and Jessica say they will change their last name to Van Squigglebottoms if they raise $1 million in the fight against poverty.

They just launched a social media campaign with a goal to make the million bucks by the end of the year. As of this morning.. they’ve banked a little more than $4,000.

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So far, their real name is safe but they say they’re already preparing to change their social security cards, passports pretty much everything just in case!

We catch up with the future Mr. & Mrs. Squigglebottoms soon.. stay tuned!

Walk for the Animals!

Here’s a wonderful effort to support! The Washington Humane Society is behind the DC Walk for the Animals & Pet-A-Palooza. 100% of the proceeds stay in the DC area to help fund Washington Humane Society programs and services such as: local adoption programs, spay/neuter, Humane Law Enforcement, Humane Education, and behavior and training classes.

My friend Sumita has been a loyal supporter! You can donate by visiting this page!


Easter Seals teams up with the Circus!

“Not only did we spend a great evening at the circus,
I knew that my gift would make a difference every day.”–Past DonorChildren playing with clowns

The Easter Seals Bright Stars Campaign had a fun night with thousands of children and adults with disabilities at a private performance of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.
Because of the generosity of many area individuals, families and organizations, the Bright Stars Campaign raises thousands of dollars that help provide help, hope and answers for 15,000+ people with disabilities and their families.

For the Dogs!

It’s that time of year again. Fashion for Paws is right around the corner. It’s one of the best events in the area in my opinion. I’ve loved being a part of it in the past.. .walking with Atticus for a great cause. Well this year charity models are challenged to raise $5,000 to walk the runway. Dr. Alex Naini held a mini auction at her office and it was great to see so many come out and support her and little Kingston. All money raised goes to the Washington Humane Society. They do such an amazing job with rescuing and helping animals in  need in the area. Some pictures by Kipp Burgoynek


Join us at “Chance for Life”

One of the biggest charity poker tournaments on the East Coast is back. Join more than 200 poker players at the 8th Annual Chance for Life (link )as they try their hand at winning a $10,000 seat at the World Series of Poker tournament in Las Vegas.

PHOTOS: Chance for Life 2012

Last year more than 400 people cametogether for the evening of poker, wine and fun dancing. The day raised more than $100,000 for pediatric spinal cord cancer. The inspiration is little Kennedy Snyder. She is now 12 and has spent the last year doing what she loves – enjoying life. But she still needs your help as she continues this battle.

A silent auction will be part of the day’s festivities too! For sponsorship opportunities, tables or tickets visit or email

Event Details:
Saturday February 16, 2013

City Tavern Club
3206 M St, NW Washington DC

Poker 1-8pm
Price: $300

Wine Tasting 8-10pm
Price: $75

After Party 10pm-1am
Price: $55

Coming: Heart of Fashion

“It’s that time of year again – time for the 2nd Annual Heart of Fashion benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital! The event will take place at Neiman Marcus in Chevy Chase (Mazza Gallerie) and feature a formal brunch presentation of Giorgio Armani’s Armani Collezioni Fall 2012 RTW collection.

St. Jude is a truly remarkable organization that works tirelessly to find cures for children with cancer and other life-threatening diseases. It’s also a place where no family ever pays a dime for anything. As Founder Danny Thomas said, “no child should die in the dawn of life”…with your support we can help bring cure rates to 100%!

If you attended last year’s standing room only event, you are well aware that the tickets sell out quickly! So scoop tickets ASAP at

Sponsorships are also available ranging from a $1,500 Designer Label Sponsor to the $10,000 Haute Couture Sponsor. Email April Jones Firoozabadi, Chair of the event, at, with questions and/or interest in Sponsorships.

On behalf of the children of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, thank you for your support.”

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