Being a Bridge of Courage
I told myself this year as one of my cliché resolutions I would be doing much more volunteer work. In my heart I always feel drawn to genuinely help people and, I always have had a special place in my heart for children. Before the business in fashion influenced me, I always told others I would be going to school for pediatrics. That is when I found a bridge of courage to begin my journey to find places in the industry to commit my time and invest into my calling with volunteering. I first heard about WOAR (The Only Rape Crisis in Philadelphia) while being on the executive board for Rashad Corey Productions. Together we produced Stomp the Runway and the proceeds went towards WOAR. Since then my hunger to help has grown and as soon as I let myself drift away and get distracted the universe has a way of bringing things back around full circle. I was contacted by the Executive Director of WOAR Monique Howard who sold me on participating in this event that took place in the heart of Philadelphia.
The Bridge of Courage event took place at Kimpton Hotel Monaco where dozens of sponsors and recipients filled the room to celebrate all the amazing work that WOAR does for the city of Philadelphia. While there we were able to participate in a silent auction which included restaurants, Amusement Park Admissions and other amazing things to do within the city. The event continued with a fashion segment as designs from Nancy Volpe Beringer waltzed amongst the crowd. Her designs featured baroque fabrics and Avant-Garde looks- think wearable art! While there I also had the pleasure of meeting the MUA for the event Felicia Cintron. Together Nancy and Felicia told a story visually that really added to the room’s atmosphere.
During the event WOAR honored Yasmine Mustafa and Anthony Gold from Roar for Good which is a division within WOAR that created Athena – an alarm that notifies authorities within an instant and gives them a location of where you are in the height of an attack. All I could think of was how amazing this organization was and how selfless the people that work for WOAR are. If you feel like me and want to contribute more of your time and money to places that need support feel free to get involved with WOAR it’s a great place with great people that want change in the sexual misconduct that happens within our city and worldwide.