The Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation and the WOW Wives group on Friday hosted the third annual Redskins Runway Show at Bloomingdale's in Tyson's Corner, Va.*
For the the third consecutive year, Redskins players gathered together in their finest outfits and, much like entering the field on game days, walked out under the bright lights, in front of fans, friends, family and coaches, and strutted their stuff for a great cause. For a couple of hours Friday night at Bloomingdale’s in Tysons Corner Center, the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation and the WOW Wives group hosted their third annual Redskins Runway Show, presented by Cuisine Solutions.
More than 40 models – a combination of Redskins players, coaches and front office personnel and their wives, girlfriends and family members – walked down the runway in front of a full house lining the narrow stage from front to end.
The event was the brainchild of Kiersten Allen, wife of Redskins team President Bruce Allen, who partnered again with Bloomingdale’s to help support the WRCF. Ten percent of all guest purchases Friday evening benefitted the Charitable Foundation to various youth programs throughout the region.
"Everybody just had a blast doing it," said Kiersten Allen. "The guys are used to being on center stage, but it all comes so naturally to them to ham it up and get the crowd going. We can’t thank Bloomingdales enough because it’s the third year. They give 10 percent back to the Charitable Foundation so it’s a total win-win…it’s a family affair having a great time, all for a great cause."
The exact number of kids reached by the WRCF each year is more than 150,000, and event emcee Chris Cooley made sure everyone in attendance was aware of the good cause they were supporting.
Friday night’s Runway Show featured five “looks,” and included:
- “Metallics In Motion,” featuring Tanya Snyder, Josh Norman and DeAngelo Hall
- “Scoring In Suede & Velvet,” featuring Terrelle Pryor Sr., Niles Paul and Vernon Davis
- “The Red Zone,” featuring Colt McCoy, Sherry Gruden and Chris Cooley
- “Dashing Denim Vs. Luxe Leather,” featuring D.J. Swearinger, Dusti Hopkins, Samaje Perine and Tress Way
- *“Formal Fur-Mation,” *featuring Trent Williams, Chris Carter and Ziggy Hood
Cornerback Josh Norman started off the proceedings wearing just a black overcoat, showing off his abs, a further indication his injury is progressing, and performed his signature bow and arrow celebration. No flags this time, just applause.
He was followed by Tanya Snyder, wife of Redskins owner Dan Snyder, who was a natural as a former model herself, posing for the camera and twirling her coat around at the end of the stage.
Tight end Vernon Davis tried out Norman's look last year but opted to cover himself in some more clothes this time around. He was glad to be part of the event again.
"I think it went really, really well," Davis said. "I enjoyed myself, everyone enjoyed themselves. It was good to be here especially to support a charitable cause like this...I didn’t show off my abs this time, so as far as keeping my clothes on, I’m a lot more confident."
Safety D.J. Swearinger and kicker Dustin Hopkins showed off their choreography memorization skills, doing some small dances with a few little kids down the runway. Meanwhile, punter Tress Way proved he could pull off an all-denim look and quarterback Colt McCoy mugged for the camera in a red vest, hood and sunglasses.
"I love the fact that D.J. came out with his little boy without his shirt on, with a chain hanging," Senior Vice President of Player Personnel Doug Williams said laughing.
It was all a treat for the coaches in attendance, namely Jay Gruden, who slapped hands with his players and ribbed them as they walked down the stage. That was especially the case for left tackle Trent Williams, who did his best to smile without too much embrassment.
Doug Williams, happy to observe, was thrilled to take it all in and see the players out supporting a worthy endeavor.
"It’s good to see [players] coming off the field, working all day, relax and come and see this for a worthy cause," Williams said. "I think that’s the most important thing. When you see a Trent Williams and Vernon Davis and D.J. Swearinger do this, it makes your heart warm because you know they’re doing it for a cause."