I was honored to join the HollyRod Foundation for their 20th anniversary DesignCare gala last weekend. It was an unforgettable evening of fashion, music and philanthropy and all proceeds went toward funding awareness, research and programs in support of both Parkinson’s Disease and Autism.
Holly Robinson Peete has been a long time mentor to me as I have navigated my role as a parent in the beautiful but complex world of Autism. Although her journey has been challenging at times, I have always admired her ability to keep pushing the envelope for her son, both as an advocate for him and for so many others on the spectrum.
A few highlights of the evening included a fashion show by Christian Siriano, a lifetime achievement award to Magic Johnson, inspirational speeches by both Rev. Jesse Jackson and Smokey Robinson, and champions in the world of autism including Steven Wiltshire, Microsoft and Lisa Ackerman. The Muhammad Ali inspiration award went to Matt Robinson, Holly’s brother. The night was capped with a vibrant performance by Morris Day & The Time.
I am grateful for this community that continues to inspire, educate, uplift and give me so much hope, over and over again!
To donate to HollyRod, visit: http://www.hollyrod.org.