Fashion Touchdown scores funds for Big Brothers Big Sisters

With help from iconic fashion designer Nicole Miller and 13 Philadelphia Eagles, the law firm of Zarwin Baum DeVito Kaplan Schaer Toddy P.C. was able to raise $130,000 in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region at its third annual Fashion Touchdown eve ­nt. Nearly 700 guests filled the Ballroom at the Ben, as the Eagles and their significant others walked the runway in a fashion show.

The athletes-turned-models included Connor Barwin, Brandon Brooks, Trey Burton, Brent Celek, Chase Daniel, Zach Ertz, Najee Goode, and former Eagle Todd Herremans.

As the ladies debuted the 2016 holiday collection from Nicole Miller Philadelphia, the Eagles sported custom-made suits from Robbini Bespoke and shoes from ToBox, according to the law firm.

Alex Holley and Mike Jerrick of FOX29’s Good Day Philadelphia served as emcees for the evening, while singer Michelle Bonilla kicked off the show with an energizing performance of “Just the Way You Are,” the BBBS Independence theme so ­ng.

Following the fashion show, Josh Katz of the Katz Family Charitable Trust auctioned off signed Eagles jerseys.

Annually, funds from Zarwin Baum Fashion Touchdown support Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region’s youth mentor programs. The firm notes that although the Big Brothers serves 3,800 young people in the area annually, more than 1,200 children remain on the group’s waiting list, hoping for a mentor of their own.

“We look forward to Fashion Touchdown ever ­y year,” said Mitchell Kaplan, Zarwin Baum managing shareholder.  “We believe in the positive impact of mentoring, as our attorneys have seen it first-hand. And by teaming up with members of the Philadelphia Eagles and Nicole Miller, who also believe in the power of mentoring, we get to help Big Brothers Big Sisters change as many young lives as possible.”

Founded in 1960, Zarwin Baum DeVito Kaplan Schaer & Toddy, P.C. is a full-practice law firm that currently maintains offices in the Tri-State area. Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region provides mentors to help children to reach their highest potential.