Urban Nights, a runway show for a reason, was a be-seen and to-be-seen charity event honoring Chuck Morris, featuring celebrity designer Mondo Guerra and performance by Charice from Glee. The fun-filled event benefited Urban Peaks, the only non-profit in Denver that provides a full convergence of services for youth ages 15 through 24 experiencing homelessness or at imminent risk of becoming homeless.
Only in its second year, Urban Nights has been dubbed one of the most well-produced charity runway shows in Colorado. It was a very large scale event and everyone was dressed to the nines from bright-colored dresses to stylish glasses and fancy ties.
Hosted at the Mile High Station, the evening began at 6:00 p.m. where VIP had dibs on catered food by Three Tomatoes Catering, hosted bars and an amazing selection of silent auction. Food trucks were also available near the runway so general admission and VIP could enjoy some local eats before, during and after the fashion show.
At 8:00 p.m. Aristea Brady, host of Fox31 News and MC for the night, appeared on stage to introduce segments of the events including a heartfelt speech by a once-homeless young man named Christopher. He thanked Urban Peaks for its efforts in helping him as well as his high school counselor when he found out his family and him were evicted out of their home.
Following the brave young man was the honoring of Chuck Morris – one of the most well-respected music promoter in the entire nation. The impact of Chuck Morris in Colorado for musicians and artists has been unbelievable – without him, Denver would not be one of the best hubs for artists and musicians.
Chuck Morris is also a philanthropist. He doesn’t talk about it much but he’s helped organizations big and small in Colorado. In fact, because of him he’s invited big name musicians over the years to perform at charity events for a discounted rate.
Then comes the live auction. The live auctions were more than just a weekend getaway in Breckenridge (which is still pretty amazing) or a spa day with your girlfriends. They were over-the-top organized trips to Mexico for seven or for the family. Another two notable packages were two separate dinners with Chuck Morris for two winners and a concert of their’ choice for one at Red Rocks Amphitheater and the other at Fiddler’s Green Amphitheater.
Next, the spectacular runway show. Before showcasing Mondo Guerra’s exclusive designs for Urban Nights. Top-of-the-line local designers and boutiques featured their collection on the runway, which included Goldyn, Multiblzer, /Baskiit/, 50 Dresses, Gabriela Martinez, Andreas Tsagas, Soigneé Elegant Attire, Infatué, Pure Addition, Pink’s Straight From L.A., Infernal Contraptions Apparel by Karen Holloway and Steadbrook.
Every piece was charming and this year, if patrons saw a piece of clothing they liked, they could buy it straight off the runway!
Mondo Guerra’s pieces were inspired by original artwork created by Urban Peak youth. The basis of each clothing was white and colored with neon colors of pink, yellow, orange, green and blue. There was also a symbiotic pattern of arrows for each clothing – some arrows were part of a dress, a top, as a collar or an accessory. It was as if the pieces were saying “keep going” or “move forward” to a better and brighter future.
Finally, Charice who played Sunshine Corazon in Glee, came onto the stage singing hit singles and bellowing a message of being true to oneself. She bravely announced her journey of coming out as a homosexual and encouraged the crowd to love one another through songs from Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Lady GaGa, Etta James and more.
Missed the event? Find out how you can be part of Urban Peak’s mission here.