On Saturday, July 27th Holly Robinson Peete a member of the Autism Speaks Board of Directors, along with her husband former NFL quarterback Rodney Peete, held their 15th annual gala “DesignCare” where Grammy award winning artist, Ne-Yo, provided the evening’s entertainment.
The evening would not have been complete without the runway presentation of fashion designer, Rubin Singer, whose pieces were featured on a custom built runway at the private Malibu estate in southern California.
“DesignCare” has been bringing together fashion and music for 15 years with one purpose in mind – to raise funds and awareness for the Peete’s HollyRod foundation. The foundation’s mission is dedicated to providing help and hope through compassionate care to those living with autism and Parkinson’s diseases.
The two causes are very close to the Peete’s hearts as their 16 year old son R.J. has autism and Holly’s beloved father Matthew Robinson Jr. battled with Parkinson’s before his death in August of 2002 at the age of 65.
The true highlights of the event were found in its program, as hosted by the Peete family. During the program, HollyRod honored five individuals: Actress and autism activist Tisha Campbell-Martin received the HollyRod “AUsome” Mother of the Year Award; Michael Strautmanis, autism dad and advocate, former White House Senior Advisor and currently Vice President of Strategic Programs for Corporate Citizenship at The Walt Disney Company, received the HollyRod Advocacy Hero Award. Jordan Pattillo, a young adult with autism and a passion for helping others, received the HollyRod4Kids Champion Award; Jim Mitchell, CEO of Fuhu, Inc., the creator of the nabi, Fooz Kids and urDrive, and provider of cloud-served software, applications and services, was bestowed with the HollyRod Corporate Compassion Award; and John Ball, author, advocate for Parkinson’s disease and philanthropist, received the Matthew T. Robinson, Jr. Award of Courage.
We salute Holly for all she continues to do to raise awareness and funds for autism. Holly, we thank you for your strength and endless drive to make a difference for R.J. and all individuals living with autism.
Holly Robinson Peete at DesignCare