A New PATH presented the 16th annual “Strut for Sobriety!” on Sept. 26. They celebrated recovery from addictive illness as a live-streamed virtual event: “Strut to Save Lives!”
For those who are not familiar, A New PATH is a nonprofit organization that stands for Parents for Addiction Treatment and Healing. This fashion show provided entertainment and shopping opportunities along with clips from the past 15 years.
Many notables, such as former professional baseball player Steve Garvey, singer-songwriter Chuck Negron, and actress Annette Bening have been honorary chairs and speakers. The co-chairs this year were Liz Crocker and Colleen Ruis Ince and the honorary chair was Connie Conard in honor of her mother Virginia Napierskie.
September is National Alcohol & Drug Addiction Recovery Month and this event coincides with more than 900 events throughout the country to end discrimination against individuals with addictive illnesses and celebrate recovery. Online shopping has been set up with local businesses and a portion of the proceeds benefit A New PATH.
Viewers can shop from Sept. 26-30 with these local boutiques who are giving 15% back to A New PATH. The boutiques participating are Satori Designs, Jacqueline B Clothing, Be Boutique, Shaneh Boutique, Icons Clothing Boutique, DVTD, Twofold Textiles, and Glamour Girlz Boutique. Viewers who donated $50 were eligible to win a beautiful purse by Gifts That Give Back and a two-strand Pearl Necklace from Diamond Boutique.
A PATH to Recovery award was presented to Patty McCarthy, executive director of Faces and Voices of Recovery. Emcees for the afternoon were TV personality Geni Cavitt; NBC SD’s Rory Devine; and radio and TV personality Joe Bauer. Tommy Sablan from KUSI was a guest speaker. Watch parties with social distancing were encouraged in private homes.
The live fashion show began with Gretchen Burns kicking off the first scene. The show included entertainment with singers and dancers showing off the latest fashions included the biggest accessory, a mask. One segment included guest models in recovery. The finale featured fashions from Macy’s and handbags by Grazia Bella.
This event benefits A New PATH, which reduces the stigma associated with substance use disorders in order to increase access to quality treatment services. A New PATH provides lifesaving overdose prevention training and Narcan distribution. The number of lives reported saved through their Narcan distribution program for opioid overdose jumped from 556 to 1,106 from May to September this year. They also provide Narcan kits to at-risk individuals returning from jail, through partnerships with the Sheriff and Probation Department. For more information, visit anewpath.org.
Oct. 17 - Fashion Week San Diego 2020 now has passes on sale for their virtual
runway show with 9 Designers. Purchase your virtual front-row pass at fashionweeksd.com.
Diana Cavagnaro is an internationally renowned Couture Milliner based in San Diego. Learn more about our hat designer, teacher, and blogger at DianaCavagnaro.com.