Philanthropic fashion instructor leashes canines to couture for a cause.
The Doggies on the Catwalk Foundation and its philanthropic founder, E. Vincent Martinez of Fashionado, are once again set to present an unforgettable evening of fashion, cocktails, bites, and four-legged friends — all for a great cause. On Saturday, June 1, 2019, some of Atlanta’s most notable personalities and influencers will don the latest trends from SAKS Fifth Ave with loving pups in tow thanks to Canine Assistants, a non-profit organization which educates service dogs and connects them to children and adults with physical disabilities or other special needs. Past catwalk models have included Simply Buckhead’s Joanne Hayes, Monica Kaufman Pearson, Q100’s Bert Weiss, Rob Marciano GMA, Tracye Hutchins of CBS Atlanta, Christine Pullara of “Atlanta & Co.,” Evelyn Mims of WXIA TV, Actress Sharon Conley, Actress Catherine Dyer, RHOA’s Cynthia Bailey, from the Falcons/ CNN Coy Wire & Brian Finneran and Cynthia & Molly from Lifetime’s “Double Divas.”
About the Doggies on the Catwalk Foundation
The vision of the Doggies on the Catwalk Foundation is two-fold. They are a 501(c)3 that provides financial assistance to non-profit organizations whose mission is to enhance the lives of individuals living with disabilities and other special needs, and to those organizations who provide safety and loving homes to animals in need. In addition to supporting non-profit organizations, the Doggies on the Catwalk Foundation is committed to providing educational assistance through the form of scholarships for college-level fashion design students.
Through the use of the element of fashion, the Doggies on the Catwalk Foundation supports the efforts of those making a difference in the lives of individuals living with disabilities and animals in need. It is also our mission to facilitate the career advancement of college students in fashion design programs through the Fashionado SEAM Grant.
• The importance of being an advocate for those living with disabilities and special needs.
• The power of the human-animal bond and support finding loving homes for pets in need and those in need of service animals.
• The desire for students to be able to follow their dreams of obtaining a higher education and for them to know financial assistance is not a barrier
• To supply funding for 501(c)3 organizations which provide assistance to those living with disabilities and pets in need.
• To award scholarships to deserving fashion design students through the Fashionado SEAM Grant.
• To partner with corporations, foundations, and individuals who support and stand behind our mission and values.
• To raise funds and awareness through the annual Doggies on the Catwalk event.
Q&A with E. Vincent Martinez
ENCORE ATLANTA: You and your husband Alex Page are always so stylishly dressed, yet you make it seem so effortless, and you both look incredibly comfortable in anything you wear. What are your top three fashion tips for men and for women?
E. VINCENT MARTINEZ: Confidence, fit, and stay away from trendy — good advice (we live by) and offer to men and women. Also, good shoes will elevate any look and take you far.
EA: Are you a predictor of trends?
EVM: When you consider that the looks presented by designers at fashion weeks are six months ahead and if you follow fashion, then yes, I suppose we’re all trend forecasters.
EA: As a growing number of fashion houses opt to use only plant-based and synthetic materials — no real fur, leather, feathers — what’s on the horizon for animal-friendly fashion?
EVM: Stella McCartney leads by example and has done so for more than two decades. Technology has paved the way for faux textiles to feel “real” and as the bigger names within the fashion world begin to adopt this approach we’ll see a mass acceptance and embracing of faux materials and sustainable fashion. With that said, I’m not sure leather is going away anytime soon.
EA: Boxers or … Bichons?
EVM: Both!! We are equal opportunity dog lovers!
Beneficiaries of the Doggies on the Catwalk Foundation
CANINE ASSISTANTS: Canine Assistants is dedicated to the education of service dogs and the people they assist, so that they may enhance and improve the lives of one another. We use Bond-Based Choice Teaching to create trusting relationships between people and animals. Our clients include those with mobility difficulties, and those who have medical concerns such as epilepsy, diabetes, and cancer. Our service dogs also work in hospitals and other care facilities, and in schools and other educational institutions. We do not charge for our services, but rather rely on the generosity of those who understand that aiding the well-being of one benefits us all.
FIX GEORGIA PETS: Georgia has a pet overpopulation crisis. Fix Georgia Pets works in the highest-need communities across the state to end pet overpopulation and stop senseless euthanasia. By focusing on reducing the pet population through spay/neuter programming, Fix Georgia Pets reduces the number of pets that end up in shelters across the state. Georgia cannot end overpopulation and stop senseless euthanasia without focusing efforts
on spay/neuter programs in the highest risk communities.
PALS ATLANTA: It is the mission of Pets Are Loving Support, Inc. (PALS) to provide ongoing care and support to the pets of Atlanta area persons living with disabilities due to HIV/AIDS, terminal illnesses, and the elderly. With this help, pets and owners may remain together to share the healing power of love and companionship which flows from the human-animal bond.