Loudoun County – Washington Redskins players modeled the latest fashions at the 4th annual Redskins Runway Fashion Show at Bloomingdale’s in Tysons, Va. on Sept. 23. Hosted by the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation and the Women of the Washington Redskins (WOW) Group, the player’s wives and girlfriends, along with several members of the Redskins coaching and front office staff also modeled fine apparel and accessories at the show.
Organized annually by Kiersten Allen, wife of Redskins president Bruce Allen, the event benefits the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation. Founded in 2000 by Redskins owners Daniel and Tanya Snyder, the Foundation supports youth programs across the region. Last year the Foundation provided support to more than 175,000 children, according to the Redskins, and has given back more than $23 million in the community since it was established.
Bloomingdale’s in Tysons Corner Center donated 10 percent of purchases from event guests on Friday and Saturday to the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation.
“Every year this show gets better and better and more successful,” commented Kiersten Allen. “The player models are hysterical… they love hamming it up on the runway and really get the crowd into the show. Everyone looks sensational in Bloomingdale’s fashions and then the kids top it off with a few dance moves to celebrate the Redskins Charitable Foundations mission of helping kids.”
“The show is truly a Redskins family affair and we are so grateful to our wives and girlfriends — the team behind the team — and our wonderful players who happily volunteer every year,” she added. “We created this event 4 years ago as a way to support the Redskins Charitable Foundation with their efforts to help kids in D.C., Maryland and Virginia.”
With Redskins alum Chris Cooley serving as Master of Ceremonies, the evening’s festivities started with shopping at Bloomingdale’s and with the event guests mingling with Redskins players. A silent auction was held, featuring autographed items, memorabilia and unique experiences.
Launching the show, the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders stepped out on the catwalk to perform a dance routine.
First up on stage of the Redskins players was D.J. Swearinger, who received resounding cheers and applause from the audience as he walked into the room between two lines of cheerleaders with their pom-poms in the air.
Running back Derrius Guice was also among the players in the first segment of the fashion show, rocking the catwalk twice during the event. Drafted by the Redskins this year, Guice sustained a torn ACL in the first preseason game, preventing him from playing this season.
Next up in the show was a segment called “Blackout,” which fittingly kicked off with Dustin Hopkins on stage. Wearing a black leather jacket, Hopkins danced with a young Junior Redskins Cheerleader (JRC), picking her up in the air and spinning around at the end of the routine, to great applause from the audience. The JRC program teaches the basics of dance and movement to young children, ages 5-17.
Tanya Snyder, Redskins owner Dan Snyder’s wife, was on stage next. This year’s fashion show was dedicated to the 20-year anniversary of the Redskins participating in the Think Pink breast cancer awareness program that Tanya Snyder started in 1999. Launched then by women handing out pink ribbons at Redskins games, the Think Pink program today includes every team in the NFL.
Both of the Snyder’s are cancer survivors: Tanya from breast cancer and Dan from thyroid cancer.
Newly signed player Adrian Peterson, nicknamed “AP,” followed up next, rocking the runway as he also has on the football field so far this season.
Redskins head coach Jay Gruden was seated on the left side of the catwalk and many of the players stopped by to “high-five” or shake hands with their coach. His wife, Sherri Gruden, brought him on stage for a brief dance when she walked the catwalk.
Throughout the show, wives and girlfriends of many of the players modeled on the stage, too, dancing with and posing with their partners.
Wearing a plaid outfit, Redskins quarterback Alex Smith began the third segment of the show, entitled “Rad Plaid.” Other players that followed up included Josh Doctson, Nick Sundberg and Tress Ray.
Chris Cooley walked the stage then gave “Halftime” remarks, thanking participants, sponsors and the Foundation.
“My mother had cancer, Cooley told the audience. “Tonight, I want to inform everyone that we are so happy to celebrate 20 years of the NFL Thinking Pink in October… Tanya Snyder is amazing. Twenty years of Thinking Pink–over 8.5 million ribbons handed out. It starts with Tanya Snyder and it starts with the Washington Redskins. It’s incredible. I was so proud to wear pink. My mother had breast cancer and she went through chemo and a double mastectomy and to put on pink shoes meant the absolute world to me. It’s amazing what Tanya has done, what the Think Pink approach has been, thank you so much.”
Following up after “Halftime” the Redskins Junior Cheerleaders returned to the stage to introduce the Think Pink section of the show wearing pink outfits, complete with pink pom-poms.
Next, players Vernon Davis, Zach Vigil and Colt McCoy showed off their outfits on stage.
Then, Josh Norman danced on stage with Tanya Snyder, showing his elegant dance moves that the audience expected from the April 2018 Dancing with the Stars runner-up.
After that Ziggy Hood and Deshazor Everett walked down the catwalk.
Up next was Ryan Kerrigan, donning sunglasses and a dark “Blues Brothers”-style suit. With the tune “Soul Man” playing, three small boys in matching Blues Brothers-style outfits jumped on stage and they all danced a routine, delighting the crowd.
Jonathan Allen, a Stone Bridge High School, Ashburn alum, was next, followed by Derrius Guice and then QB Alex Smith returned for a second walk down the catwalk.
The Washington Redskins Cheerleaders started the show finale—and then all of the models: the players, wives and girlfriends—walked one more time back on stage.
Held on the Friday night before the Redskins versus Packers game on Sunday, Sept. 23, Chris Cooley mentioned how the team had beat their opponents for the last two years following the show. And they did. On Sunday the Redskins beat the Green Bay Packers, 31 to 17. So not only did the team strut their stuff to benefit children in the DMV through the Redskins Charitable Foundation at the fashion show, but also on the playing field Sunday with a winning victory.