Big Brothers Big Sisters Hosts 6th Annual Fashion Touchdown, Featuring Philadelphia Eagles

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Players and Their Partners in Runway Show at The Fillmore Philadelphia, Presented by Marrone Law Firm

Fashion Touchdown 2019

Fashion Touchdown 2019

Fashion meets football for the sixth annual Fashion Touchdown runway show, as Philadelphia Eagles players and their significant others strut the runway in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence (BBBS Independence). For the first time, the Philadelphia Eagles will be an official event partner, providing performances by the Eagles cheerleaders, team mascot Swoop, the Philadelphia Eagles Pep Band, as well as Eagles “experiences” for attendees to win. Together, these community-minded athletes and organizations bring their star power to raise awareness and crucial funds needed to support BBBS Independence’s mission to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth. The event is the agency’s largest fundraiser.

Philadelphia Eagles players will showcase custom-made suits from Eagles starting safety and team co-captain Malcolm Jenkins’ clothing line, Damari Savile. Trading in helmets and jerseys for bespoke suits and bowties, players participating in this year’s event include current players Malcolm Jenkins, Rodney McLeod, Jalen Mills, Vinny Curry, Kamu Gruger-Hill, and former star players Connor Barwin, Jason Avant, Todd Herremans and A.J. Feeley. The player’s significant others will be dressed by the iconic Joan Shepp, recognized as Philadelphia’s premier fashion connoisseur, specializing in showcasing avant-garde women’s clothing from local and international designers at her Center City concept store.

The evening will open with a high energy performance by Eagles cheerleaders, Swoop, and the Eagles Pep Band. FOX 29 Good Day Philadelphia co-anchors, Mike Jerrick and Alex Holley, will host the event and emcee the star-studded fashion show. New this year, four BBBS Independence mentoring matches will walk the runway in what is sure to be an emotional highlight of the evening.

This exciting night of football, fashion, and philanthropy will kick off with a VIP pre-party, featuring cocktails, light bites, and trendy pop-up shops, and will conclude with an after party also at The Fillmore. Event-goers also have the opportunity to win exceptional experiences, including a private dinner with Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz, a trip to Paris Fashion Week including flight and accommodations, a round of golf and private lunch for two with Eagles Head Coach Doug Pederson and former star Eagles player Brent Celek, and a custom suit experience with Malcolm Jenkins.

Hair styling will be provided by Image Studios 360, makeup by beauty giant Anastasia Beverly Hills, and men’s grooming by DAPR Grooming Parlour.

This year’s event, presented by Marrone Law Firm, LLC, will take place on Monday, November 18, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. at The Fillmore Philadelphia. The VIP cocktail hour begins at 5:30 p.m.

“I hold a special place in my heart for Big Brothers Big Sisters and the incredibly impactful and important work they do for so many young people. I hope that my involvement with this event for the last three years inspires others to get involved to make a difference,” said Joseph M. Marrone, Esquire, founder of Marrone Law Firm, LLC and governing board member of BBBS Independence.

“At Big Brothers Big Sisters, we build relationships that ignite the power and promise of our youth. We walk with our youth, instead of walking away, and we have proven for over 100 years that we improve educational success, self-confidence, future aspirations, and avoidance of risky behaviors. We provide opportunities that break generational cycles of poverty,” said Marcus Allen, CEO of BBBS Independence. Allen added, “We set goals with our Littles, setting them on a path of accountability and success. The funds that we raise at Fashion Touchdown go directly to support our youth mentoring programs. We are grateful to have the entire Eagles organization on board this year and Eagles players and their partners supporting us in this effort, and we are thrilled to partner with Marrone Law Firm for the third consecutive year to make it all happen. This event ensures we realize our vision: that together, we are co-conspirators of change.”

For more information, visit Tickets are available at FT19.EVENTBRITE.COM.

This event would not be possible without the following event sponsors and partners:

Marrone Law Firm, LLC

The Higgins Group
Scott and Sharon Rankin


Tito’s Handmade Vodka
Silver Heart Healthcare

Image Studios 360
Joan Pileggi
Mitchell Benson
Savoy Associates
Bank of America
The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation

Jefferson Health

Joan Shepp
Damari Savile
Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Magazine
SportsRadio 94WIP
Image Studios 360
DAPR Grooming Parlour
Anastasia Beverly Hills
The Fillmore Philadelphia
Live Nation
Brûlée Catering
Yards Brewing Company
Tito’s Handmade Vodka

About Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence
Since 1915, Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence has been creating and supporting one-to-one mentoring relationship that ignite the power and promise of youth. Big Brothers Big Sisters’ evidence-based approach is proven to create positive youth outcomes, including educational success, avoidance of risky behaviors, higher aspirations, greater confidence, and improved relationships. Through its community-based and school-based youth mentoring programs, more than 3,200 children are served annually in Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties in Pennsylvania, and Burlington, Camden and Gloucester Counties in New Jersey. In 2015, the organization created MENTOR Independence Region to work collaboratively with external organizations to fuel the quality and quantity of mentoring relationships for Greater Philadelphia’s young people and close the mentoring gap. Learn how to get involved at

About Marrone Law Firm, LLC
As one of the most successful and highly regarded civil litigation practices in the Philadelphia area, Marrone Law Firm, LLC provides vigorous, effective representation in matters ranging from personal injury and medical malpractice to civil rights and criminal law. Visit us at

About Joan Shepp
Joan Shepp has been recognized as one of the country’s style leaders by Harper’s Bazaar and Lucky Magazine. Located on Chestnut Street in Rittenhouse Square, her flagship store is recognized as Philadelphia’s premier fashion concept store, specializing in avant-garde women’s clothing from local and international designers. Learn more at

About Damari Savile
Damari Savile is a black-owned company with a mission to create an elite experience for its Philadelphia area clientele within its flagship store at Washington Square Park. With creativity and precision tailoring, the company is redefining modern suiting while pushing the boundaries of culture. All the magic happens in a 3,000 square-foot space, located at 709 Walnut Street, which spans two floors and houses a suiting showroom, modern accessories, Design & Fitting Studio, and BoConcept Lounge. Learn more at

Gregory Burton, VP of Marketing & Communications        
Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence                    
610.425.0994 (mobile)    

Brigette Lutz Piccone, Director, Marketing & PR
Marrone Law Firm, LLC
908.902.2599 (mobile)

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