Starting March 12, the Midwest Fashion Week begins in Indianapolis. The Indianapolis Colts and Vice President Kalen Irsay will be part of a special event on Monday, March 14 in Lucas Oil Stadium called 'Monday Night Fashion: Where Sports and Fashion Collide.' A portion of proceeds from tickets sold to Monday night's event will help benefit Down Syndrome Indiana. Tickets for Monday's show are $50 and can be purchased at http://midwestfashionweek.com/tables/.
"It's a great event and I'm honored that the Midwest Fashion Week has invited us to get involved," Colts Vice President Kalen Irsay said. "I know they are very excited to have the Colts involved, but I know we are equally excited to have been given the opportunity. The week is about fashion, but it's also the first time they are doing a sports night of any kind, which is very exciting. I think it's going to be a really fun night."On March 14, Irsay will welcome guests to the Monday Night Fashion event which promises to be the ultimate collision of sports and fashion. The experience will include football-themed games, virtual racing and casino games. At 7 p.m., a runway fashion show featuring the latest in sports and active wear will begin. Special guests at the event include former Colts players Ken Dilger and Tarik Glenn, members of the Colts Cheerleading squad and the 2012 Super Bowl Host Committee.
The program begins at 5:00 p.m. and is scheduled to end at 10:30 p.m.
Midwest Fashion Week is dedicated to empowering the creative efforts of the clothing design community through events that connect people to take positive action for the common good while discovering new ways to express individuality through fashion. This year the event takes place in varying locations in Indianapolis and runs from March 12 – March 19. More information on Midwest Fashion week can be found at http://www.midwestfashionweek.com/.
The core of the 2011 mission at Midwest Fashion Week is also to increase the public awareness of Down Syndrome. The partnership of MFW and Down Syndrome Indiana gives fashion a dynamic purpose by creating a platform that unifies the community with a portion of the proceeds benefiting DSI.
"I think it's a great event because it benefits a charity every year," Irsay said. "This year, specifically, is close to my family's heart because my uncle was mentally handicapped. The Colts want and love to be a part of the community, and this is another way to show our presence and show that we like to be involved in all facets of the community. I haven't had a chance to work with Down Syndrome Indiana before, but I've heard about all the great things they have done, so I'm thrilled for this opportunity. They do great things for the community, and it's definitely something I think everybody should be involved with if they can be."Down Syndrome Indiana is a not-for-profit organization serving the needs of individuals with Down syndrome and their families. The programs and services provided by Down Syndrome Indiana are supported totally by individual and corporate donations combined with annual fundraisers and special events.
Colts mascot, Blue, will be making an appearance on Sunday, March 13 at the Children's Fashion Show and Sunday Brunch with a portion of proceeds from that event also being donated to DSI. Tickets for the Children's Fashion Show are $25 for adults and $15 for children and can be bought at http://www.dsindiana.org/.