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Teresa Foss-Del Rosso has worked in the fashion and beauty industry in the Washington D.C. area for over 15 years. After graduating Marymount University with her degree in Fashion Merchandising, Teresa’s work experience has included makeup artistry, luxury apparel and jewelry merchandising, fashion and beauty journalism, and modeling with T.H.E Artist Agency. Most recently before starting her own company last year, Teresa was Director of Matchmaking for Elite Matchmaking in D.C. and South Florida and then worked as a VIP Matchmaker at DC Matchmaking. Her passion for fashion and helping others inspired her to start her image consulting company, DC Elite Image, specializing in helping professional men and women with their personal style.

The DC area has been Teresa’s home since ’97, and she has been extremely active in her community. Most recently, she walked in Fashion For Paws 2014 with her husband Mark and her dog Sasha, assisted fundraising for LLS Man & Woman of the Year, and donated her makeup artistry skills to a charity fashion show for The Global Women PEACE Foundation, an organization fighting to end violence and injustices against women.

Teresa has been featured on NBC 4, CNN, DatingDictionary.com, SinglesWarehouse.com, Intuidate Radio, What’s Up Weddings Annapolis, and has modeled for such brands as Kimpton Hotels, Washingtonian Bride & Groom, American Standard, Cusp, Nordstrom, Macy’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, Evalash, “An Affair of the Heart” American Heart Association Fashion Show, and the Hispanic Designers Gala and Benefit. Teresa has dedicated her life to impeccable beauty and style and to educating others with her knowledge and passion for perfection.

Recap: The 21st Annual Knock Out Abuse Gala

Andrea Roane & Tashi Agency Models (Photo credit by Teresa Foss-Del Rosso)

Andrea Roane & Tashi Agency Models (Photo credit by Teresa Foss-Del Rosso)

The 21st Annual Knock Out Abuse Gala at The Ritz Carlton Washington D.C. was certainly a night to remember last Thursday evening, November 14, 2014. With a star-studded “Old Hollywood” themed soiree, the gala was an evening of glitz & glamour for the unofficial Girl’s Night Out. While the boys attended The 25th Annual Fight Night at The Washington Hilton, the ladies of D.C. represented well and came out dressed to kill to support a great cause.

Since 1993, Knock Out Abuse Against Women has raised more than 8 million dollars to aid victims of domestic violence through supporting shelters for women and children whose lives have been shattered by abuse, poverty homelessness. This year’s gala proceeds directly sponsored Bethany House, Crossway Community, Safe Shores, The DC Volunteer Lawyers Project, Domestic Violence Legal Empowerment and Appeals Project (DV LEAP)

While chic guests sipped signature champagne cocktails and snapped photos with the the handsome tuxedo-adorned male escorts and models, the event really kicked into high gear once the main event in the ballroom commenced.  WUSA9 Anchor, Andrea Roane was the gracious Gala Emcee, but it was Dancing with the Stars, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, who really brought the heat when he auctioned off himself to a lucky lady and her friends for a lunch date and dance lessons at Fiola Mare. Other celebrity guests and honorees included Governor Terry McAuliffe, Break the Silence Award Recipient; Robin McGraw Honoree and Keynote Speaker; Wolf Blitzer Host of CNN’s “The Situation Room”; Muriel Bowser

Teri Pantelakos, Michelle Schoenfeld, and Crystal Cross (Photo credit by Teresa Foss-Del Rosso)

Mayor-Elect of Washington, D.C;  Dr. Rondi Walker KOA Gala Chair and President of Walker Plastic Surgery; and Cheryl Masri and Jill Sorensen Knock Out Abuse Co-Founders.

Guests dined on a delectable three-course meal which included an Endive Salad, Beef Short Ribs “Indian Spiced”, and Caramel Bourbon Financier. DJ Derrick “D-Nice” Jones kicked off the after-party dancing festivities.

Although the event was decadent, the most beautiful part of the evening was the passion attendees and honorees alike had for the cause and how dedicated they were to making each year successful.  Jill Sorensen, a former fashion model for the Elite and Ford agencies and her friend Cheryl Masri, owner of a Washington D.C. based advertising agency, founded Knock Out Abuse Against Women in 1993. Their vision was to create a non-profit organization to build public awareness and financial support to eradicate domestic violence and to help women and children whose lives have been shattered by abuse, poverty and homelessness.

Robin McGrawwho recently launched her own non-profit, When Georgia Smiled, named after her mother who taught her the strength of being a woman, supports domestic violence victims to move forward and live healthy, happy, and safe lives through advanced programs especially for women and children.

For over 20 years, Dr. Rondi Walker has worked with Knock Out Abuse, supporting victims through counseling, shelter and housing for displaced women and children, and more importantly she has identified the critical need for the development of educational programming and arrangement of legal assistance that enables continued recovery for the victims of abuse.

These women are truly inspirational and the message that they continue to spread against domestic violence is definitely a battle worth fighting.

Governor Terry McAuliffe 2014 Break the Silence Award Recipient enjoying dinner (Photo credit by Teresa Foss-Del Rosso)

Governor Terry McAuliffe 2014 Break the Silence Award Recipient enjoying dinner (Photo credit by Teresa Foss-Del Rosso)

Honoree Robin McGraw and friend (Photo credit by Teresa Foss-Del Rosso)

Honoree Robin McGraw and Miki Woodard (Photo credit by Teresa Foss-Del Rosso)

Knock Out Abuse gentlemen wait to escort female guests to the ballroom (Photo credit: Teresa Foss-Del Rosso)

Knock Out Abuse gentlemen wait to escort female guests to the ballroom (Photo credit by Teresa Foss-Del Rosso)

Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Teresa Foss-Del Rosso (Photo credit by Teresa Foss-Del Rosso)

Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Teresa Foss-Del Rosso (Photo credit by Teresa Foss-Del Rosso)

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