Donna Rayford Wife of NFL Star Cornerback Michael Durden Puts Her Dreams About Their Honeymoon into a Play After His Death

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After terminating her tumultuous 10-year-long marriage, Donna Rayford later met and married the man of her dreams, Michael Durden, a UCLA star cornerback back turned NFL player who she watched suffocate to death.

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Donna Rayford and Crown Jewel Studios, in association with Safe Passage, are pleased to announce the groundbreaking multimedia theatrical runway modeling production, aptly titled, A Night In Paris. The multifaceted spectacular takes place at the historic Million Dollar Theater in the heart of downtown Los Angeles on October 16, 2010 at 7 p.m. (doors open at 5:00 p.m. to VIP guests for Red Carpet and Reception). Event proceeds will benefit Safe Passage, an organization that provides extreme life makeovers, shelter and ongoing support for victims of domestic violence.

To draw further awareness about the domestic violence plague, the Parisian-themed production takes place during Domestic Violence Awareness month. In 2009, Kiko Ellsworth (Dexter, Heroes, General Hospital, Bad Boys 2), a seasoned martial artists who serves as the production’s senior producer, partnered with Safe Passage and created self-defense summer camps for the organization’s women. 

Donna Rayford, chief creative officer of Crown Jewel Studios is the A Night In Paris’ co-executive producer, artistic director and fashion buyer for A Night In Paris, which will include the big screen comedy sitcom debut of Fashion Haus, Starring Rayford, Ellsworth and actor Andy Cohen. The night will also include a theatrical journey throughout Paris and a runway fashion show featuring the work of fifteen fashion designers, and a cast of forty models and dancers. Super model Eebra Tooré from Paris, France is one of the many talented models set to grace the runway in the latest collections from trailblazing designers such as Dion Julian Lattimore of Beverly Hills, Remy Hou, and London’s Roy Smooth. Veteran runway trainer Bobbie Bell (America’s Next Top Model) lent her divine expertise to prep the models for the highly anticipated night.
“I rose above domestic violence from a prior relationship,” says Rayford, “and I have a heart for organizations that support women and children who are victims of this disease. Safe Passage is one of my favorite charities because they support families spiritually, physically and emotionally.” After terminating her tumultuous 10-year-long marriage, Rayford later met and married the man of her dreams, Michael Durden, a UCLA star cornerback back turned NFL player who she watched suffocate to death, On November 26, 2007, five months after they married. While mourning, Rayford dreamt of A Night In Paris, a place where the newlyweds eagerly anticipated having their honeymoon. For more information visit

A Night In Paris, 16 October 2010, at the Million Dollar Theater (307 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA. 90013). Discounted ticket rates through October 1, 2010 are as follows: $50 ticket (now $25) includes general admission and access to the Fashion & Style Market Place (now only $25); $150 VIP ticket (now $100) includes premium theatre seating, red carpet access and invitations to VIP receptions before and after the event. Tickets are available for purchase at or by phone at 888.985.9480.

About Donna Rayford: Donna Rayford has more than 20 years of experience harnessing her artistic and business-savvy gifts for leading companies and organizations.  As a Theatrical Director, Actress, Cosmetic Buyer turned Fashion Buyer, Inspirational Speaker, Ministry Leader and Corporate Trainer, Donna has trekked a phenomenal professional path with strong results for her clients. This exciting journey has lead Donna to building Crown Jewel Studios, LLC and Crown Jewel Studios Ministry, a non-profit entity 501(c) (3) empire.

About Safe Passage: The vision of Safe Passage, a division of Women Crowned In Glory began ten years ago from the giving spirit of Trish Steele. A woman of integrity and compassion, Mrs. Steele allied her friends and supporters together to create a Non-Profit 501(C)3 Corporation to restore families of domestic violence back into society after providing them with extreme life makeovers that empower and build confidence to succeed, develop personal love and the desire to give back to the world with the vision to open a Wellness Center.

(Tito Ruiz TRu Ink Media, LLC) (Mahvrick) (Stars Confidential News)


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