Shane Victorino Foundation All-Star Celebrity Fashion Show 2012
The spirit of Aloha infused the entire evening, with hospitality and generosity that began 4,800 miles away - and has settled upon our city, by the true Aloha spirit that is the core of Shane Victorino. We are so lucky to have him. The warmth of the islands was felt as you entered the Union League. The beautiful centerpieces, filled with exotic Hawaiian flowers and a nod to the Phillies with a small bat gently resting in amongst them, showed how the fusion of the two were going to make it a very special evening.
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On Monday, June 18th, 2012, the Third Annual Shane Victorino Foundation All-Star Celebrity Fashion Show took place at the Union League. This annual event - hosted by Shane and Melissa - has become the signature charitable event for the Shane Victorino Foundation (SVF). The evening began with the Phillies' arriving on the red carpet.
For the first time, the Fashion Show was streamed live online for those who were unable to attend, on the foundation’s website. The attendees were live-tweeting, during the event, also.
The proceeds from the evening go to the SVF considerable charitable projects, in the North Philadelphia neighborhood of Nicetown, and on his home island of Maui - his parents were in attendance, as well.
Last year, the Victorinos donated $1 million to completely renovate the century-old Nicetown Boys and Girls Club, which has been renamed the Shane Victorino Nicetown Boys and Girls Club. The highly generous donation remarkably transformed the old building into a state of the art entertainment, athletic and social center for the youth of the neighborhood. According to Victorino, the foundation’s next major project will be the construction of baseball fields in Maui.
In addition to the players’ appearances, the Phillie Phanatic walked down the runway dressed in his finest tuxedo. Celebrity models scheduled to walk the runway included:
Antonio & Maribel Bastardo,
Mike & Ashley Fontenot,
Kyle & Stephanie Kendrick,
John Mayberry, Jr.,
Jonathan & Ashley Papelbon,
Chad & Tara Qualls,
Joe & Jen Savery,
Michael Schwimer & Missy Flemming,
Shane & Melissa Victorino, and
Ty & Angela Wigginton.
A highlight of the fashion show was the walk down the runway by the Victorinos' daughter, Ka’lia, to great applause.
Celebrity attendees scheduled to appear included:
Joe & LeeAndra Blanton,
Roy & Brandy Halladay,
Pete & Nancy Mackanin,
Brian & Jordan Schneider, and
Scott Palmer, the former WPVI reporter, who is now the spokesman for the team, did a superb job in MC-ing the event and the live auction. There were an amazing array of items to bid on, including outings with Shane, sports memorabilia, a trip to Maui, a bat dipped in gold, and an extraordinary assortment of delights and memories to cherish.
During the silent auction, Victorino mixed and mingled with the guests, posing for photos and signing autographs. It was a memorable and fun night for all in attendance.
The 2nd Annual “Harry Kalas Strong Voice in the Community Award” - Garry Maddox
The Victorinos bestowed this year's award on former Phillie Garry Maddox, a fixture in center field at Veterans Stadium during the Phillies' golden age of 1976 - 1983. Maddox won eight Gold Glove awards, while the team won five NL East titles, two NL pennants, and most significantly, the team's first-ever World Championship in 1980.
Maddox spoke eloquently in accepting the award. In 2000, he founded the Youth Golf and Academics Program, a non-profit dedicated to tutoring and golf instruction for at-risk children in high crime neighborhoods. (Last year Jamie Moyer and Karen Moyer received the inaugural award.)
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 Community Leadership Award - Lewis Katz
They also bestowed this award to Lewis Katz, Director of the Katz Foundation, which supports a variety of charitable, educational, and medical causes.
For More Information - the Shane Victorino Foundation Official Site
For more information, you can visit www.ShaneVictorinoFoundation.org