HughE Dillon: Shane Victorino Foundation Fashion Show
The Shane Victorino Foundation’s Second Annual All-Star Celebrity Fashion Show, on August 25, 2011, was a magnificent success, raising over 5,000 for the Foundation. It was a superb evening, with many Phillies, their wives, and other local celebrities, participating as models and/or guests.
The models – some of whom had participated in last year’s inaugural Shane Victorino Foundation fashion show, and opted to repeat their experiences – strutted and paraded up and down the runway, to the considerable delight of the crowd, which found the entire evening to be highly entertaining, all for a noble and worthy cause.
The event attracted nearly 500 guests, all for the benefit of the Foundation, whose purpose is to provide recreational opportunities for underprivileged children.
The setting was the Union League, one of the most majestic and prestigious venues in Philadelphia, the nation’s most historic city. The guests received an entire evening of fun and excitement – and some surprises. The benefit began at 5:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception and silent auction, followed by a runway fashion show, dinner live auction and program. The cocktail reception featured the LAGOS Diamond Champagne Raffle, where guests had a chance to win a LAGOS Diamonds & Caviar bracelet.
Prior to the live auction, the children of the Nicetown Boys & Girls Club presented a special plaque to Shane and Melissa Victorino, in recognition of their Foundation’s substantial financial contributions - nearly million - to the club’s facility. It will soon be officially renamed the Shane Victorino Nicetown Boys & Girls Club, when it reopens to the public on September 22, with the Victorinos in attendance.
As it turns out, Victorino has fond memories of his time at the Boys & Girls Club in his native Maui, Hawaii. His experiences there were a major reason for the Victorinos’ choice of the Nicetown facility, as a primary target of their philanthropic efforts. In addition to these charity events, the Victorinos have further demonstrated their own commitment to the cause, as they have personally donated over 0,000 to the Nicetown project.
During the program, there was also the unveiling of a three-minute video of the Foundation’s purpose, which you can now view at:
Auction items included autographed Phillies’ All-Star jerseys; a trip for two to Maui with accommodations at the Four Seasons Resort Maui; LAGOS Embrace Collection by Steven Lagos 18kt and diamond caviar necklace and hoop earrings; personal meet and greet with Celine Dion at Caesars Las Vegas, New York Fashion Week tickets to the Marc Jacobs show and a private dinner for 12 with Shane at Le Bec Fin with Chef George Perrier.
The Victorinos concluded the evening, by presenting Jamie and Karen Moyer, with the inaugural “Harry Kalas Strong Voice in the Community Award”. Moyer is among the most popular Phillies in recent memory, as the pitcher is originally from Souderton, Pa., in suburban Bucks County. The Moyers received the award for their philanthropic endeavors for children in the greater Philadelphia region.
The award is named after the Phillies’ legendary, beloved, Hall of Fame broadcaster, who passed away suddenly in April 2009, after calling the Phillies’ second World Series championship in October 2008.
The Celebrity Models
Cole Hamels, Jimmy and Johari Rollins, Ryan Howard and Krystle Campbell, John Mayberry, Jr., Hunter Pence, Michael Stutes, Chase Utley, Ben and Cindy Francisco, Antonio Bastardo, Brian Schneider, Jamie and Karen Moyer, Billy and Melanie King, Bernard Hopkins, and Kyle Nakazawa.
The Celebrity Guest List
Ruben Amaro, Jr., Joe and LeeAndra Blanton, Vance Worley, Michael Schwimer, Coach Pete and Nancy Mackanin, Coach Rich and Maureen Dubee, Danny and Amy Bonaduce, former Governor Ed Rendell, Heidi Hamels and Jennifer Utley.
And the purpose for this assemblage of local luminaries, was to give back to the Victorinos’ adopted home city of Philadelphia. Specifically, it was in order to make some of the necessities and pleasures of life, available to impoverished children, in the gritty Nicetown section of North Philadelphia.
The Union League is located on South Broad Street, in the midst of the Avenue of the Arts. It was founded in 1863, during the Civil War, to promote support for President Abraham Lincoln, the Union cause, and to aid Union soldiers and their families. The Union League has routinely hosted U.S. Presidents and other dignitaries, and is located in the midst of downtown Philadelphia.
“Thanks to our sponsors, friends and supporters, we were thrilled to host our second annual Celebrity Fashion Show at the historic Union League,” stated Victorino. “It was a very special evening and we’re overwhelmed that we raised more than 5,000 for our Foundation. Melissa and I are thankful to my teammates and to all who made Thursday night possible, especially Saks Fifth Avenue and Caesars Atlantic City.”
Melissa added, “The Fashion Show is one of the Foundation’s most exciting and beneficial events to present and we are thankful to Shane’s teammates, Saks Fifth Avenue, Caesars Atlantic City and everyone who helped us make year two an even greater success than our inaugural event. We are excited to continue to grow this event each year.”
The beneficiary of the event is the Nicetown Boys & Girls Club, located at 4001 North Clarissa Street, in North Philadelphia. It shares some similarities with the Union League. Like the Union League, it has been around for quite a long time – 106 years, in fact – and its architecture is also impressive. It has existed since 1905, and describes its mission today as “A Positive Place for Kids”. It is located in an area just a few miles from the Union League –less than 5 ½ miles, a 14-minute drive up Broad Street.
Moreover, both the Union League and the Nicetown Boys & Girls Club were founded for altruistic, idealistic reasons. The common motivation was to improve society through cooperation for a higher cause, by relieving suffering and creating better conditions for others. But although both clubs have been around for over a century, their purpose was similar, and the geographical distance between them is relatively short, they do in fact lay worlds apart. Once a prosperous industrial neighborhood, Nicetown has badly suffered economically, and is one of the poorest areas of the city.
The longevity of the charity’s presence in Nicetown, was the precise reason why the nearly million donation was so badly needed. The 106-year-old Nicetown building still had its original wiring and plumbing, and needed massive renovations, taking over a year and a half to complete.
Over the course of the last 18 months, it has been completely gutted, with the original brick exterior restored. It has been fitted out with playrooms, art rooms, and an Internet-equipped technology room, among the new amenities. The new, 21st-century Nicetown facility will reopen to the public on September 22, the day of the playoff-bound Phillies’ regular-season home finale, against Washington. The Victorinos will be present at the grand reopening, earlier that day.
It will be renamed in his honor – making it just one of two Boys & Girls Clubs in the nation, named after an MLB player. The other is the immortal Willie Mays, one of the greatest players who ever lived - rarefied company for Victorino, and also a center fielder.
And it’s not just the huge financial donations that have made such an impact. The Victorinos have also taken a personal interest in the renovation, with multiple visits to the facility. On July 29, Victorino took 25 of the Nicetown Boys & Girls Club children and staff to Citizens Bank Park, to see the Phillies take on Pittsburgh, with spectacular fireworks after the game. The Nicetown Boys & Girls Club guests received VIP treatment, with Victorino posing for photos and signing autographs during batting practice, which they watched from behind home plate. They each received a “Flyin’ Hawaiian” T-shirt and a food voucher, in addition to sitting in Victorino’s exclusive seats. It was also enjoyable, due to the fact that the Phillies took an 8-0 lead after two innings, with Shane singling and scoring in the first inning. He ultimately went 3 for 5 from the plate, in the Phillies’ 10-3 victory. So, the guests had not only their host’s hospitality, but plenty to cheer about on the field, as well.
Recently, the Victorinos visited Nicetown, to help with the repainting of one of the playrooms (Melissa selected the colors). He joked in an interview that he didn’t think much of his painting skills, after trying his hand at it – but if he hit two home runs in the game that night as a result, he’d be back the next day.
You can learn more, by visiting the Foundation’s official web site at www.ShaneVictorinoFoundation.org
The 2nd Annual Shane Victorino Foundation All-Star Celebrity Fashion Show will take place on Thursday, August 25, 2011, at the prestigious Union League, featuring many Phillies and other celebrities. It will be presented by Saks Fifth Avenue and Caesars Atlantic City.
The three-time All-Star outfielder is unquestionably one of the most popular Phillies throughout Greater Philadelphia (and is arguably the most popular). The "Flyin’ Hawaiian" always ranks high on anyone’s list of the most prominent Phillies, of this Golden Age of Philadelphia baseball.
One reason, of course, is his tremendous talent on the baseball field. Victorino’s blazing speed, astute baserunning, wide defensive range in center field, and timely hitting, have all helped the Phillies to capture a World Series title in 2008, a National League pennant in 2009, and four consecutive NL East titles from 2007-2010. And Victorino is one of the most important pieces on a team that is now widely expected to win a fifth consecutive division title, and hopefully, another World Series appearance and world championship, come October 2011.
However, the other reason is far more important – Victorino’s extensive charity work, both in Philadelphia and in his native Hawaii.
One of the major Shane Victorino Foundation charity events, is the 2nd Annual Shane Victorino Foundation All-Star Celebrity Fashion Show.
5:30 PM - Cocktail Reception, Silent Auction
The Inaugural “Harry Kalas Strong Voice in the Community Award”
The Victorinos will bestow this award on former Phillie – and Philadelphia-area product - Jamie Moyer and his wife, Karen. Moyer is originally from Souderton, Bucks County. Having spent many years in Seattle, Moyer was fortunate to finish his lengthy career with the Phillies, capturing a World Series ring in 2008. The Moyers will receive the award in recognition of their charitable work for children. The award is named after the Phillies’ long-time, Hall of Fame broadcaster, who untimely passed away in April 2009, several months after calling the Phillies’ long-awaited World Championship.
The items available for auction include memorabilia and events, with a range of Philadelphia celebrities. Among the offerings available at the auction are autographed Phillies’ All-Star jerseys; a trip for two to Maui with accommodations at the Four Seasons Resort Maui; a golf day with Shane at the Trump National Golf Club Philadelphia; and a private dinner for 10 at LeBec Fin with Chef George Perrier.
Guests will also have the opportunity to participate in the “LAGOS Diamond Champagne Chance” to win a LAGOS Diamonds and Caviar bracelet - worth nearly ,000.
Fashion Show With Celebrity Models, Award Presentation, Dinner and Live Auction
This year, among the Phillies and local celebrities scheduled to appear on the runway, are Cole Hamels, Jimmy and Johari Rollins, Ryan Howard, John Mayberry, Jr., Hunter Pence, Michael Stutes, Chase and Jennifer Utley, Ben and Cindy Francisco, Antonio Bastardo, Jamie and Karen Moyer, Billy and Melanie King, Bernard Hopkins, Frankie Edgar and Kyle Nakazawa. Also in attendance will be Cliff Lee, Joe and LeeAndra Blanton, Coach Pete and Nancy Mackanin, Coach Rich and Maureen Dubee, Danny and Amy Bonaduce, Governor Ed Rendell, Heidi Hamels and Jennifer Utley.
Several will be making their second appearance, after participating last year, during the 1st Annual Shane Victorino Foundation All-Star Celebrity Fashion Show. The inaugural event also featured many Phillies and their wives, such as Hamels, Rollins, Kyle Kendrick, Howard, Ben Francisco, Brian Schneider, as well as now-former Phillies J.C. Romero and Moyer.
All Proceeds From the Event Will Benefit the Shane Victorino Foundation, Dedicated to Helping Youth in Philadelphia and HawaiiVictorino has focused his charitable activities on the service of youth in his adopted city of Philadelphia, as well as his native Hawaii. Last year, Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia received nearly million, for the purposes of renovating their 105-year-old Nicetown facility, located in an impoverished section of the city. When it reopens as the “Shane Victorino Nicetown Boys & Girls Club” next month, it will be one of only two nationwide named after a MLB player.
The Union League Has a Long History of Charitable Activity
The Union League is a remarkable historic site, even by Philadelphia standards. Originally founded during the Civil War to promote support and charitable activity for the Union Army, it inspired other Union Leagues to form in other cities throughout the North.
Located at Broad and Sansom Streets, its Civil War statues, artwork, and chapel dedicated to Abraham Lincoln, are reminders of its long and illustrious history, and it remains the most prestigious private club in the city.
For More Information - the Shane Victorino Foundation Official Site
For more information, you can visit www.ShaneVictorinoFoundation.org
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