About 2 weeks ago, it all started with an email from the executive assistant to Barbara Bradley Baekgaard, the co-founder of Vera Bradley whom I met at a women’s seminar at UF a month before. She was inviting my mom and i to be her special guests at the Designs for Disabilities Gala in NYC this Tuesday night! I was Speechless!” The Gala will showcase several top young designers from Parsons and Fashion Institute of Technology in an adaptive fashion competition that pairs them with major designers in the industry such as Derek Lam. This is truly my niche in the world of business, fashion, and media, so we had to say YES!! Especially because the evening is a benefit for the Cerebral Palsy Foundation!

In addition to the runway show, the evening will include recognition for the ABC TV show Speechless, and I’m told the cast will be there to accept awards (Minnie Driver, Micah Fowler), as well as Nike, Comedian Zachary Anner, Microsoft and many others!

I am truly grateful for my parents who are coming with me and who are making this amazing trip possible! I promise to highlight our visit on this blog site

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