Photos: Project Role Model Fashion Show

Check out the scenes from the March 2, 2017, event at the Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston.

On Thursday, March 2, Big Sister Association of Greater Boston held its annual Project Role Model Fashion Show at the Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston. In addition to Big and Little Sisters, Boston favorites such as Chef Jody Adams, retired New England Patriots player Jerod Mayo, Boston Police Commissioner William Evans, Bryan Rafanelli of Rafanelli Events, WBZ-TV’s Eric Fisher and Dr. Mallika Marshall, and MA State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry donned looks from designers, including Michael DePaulo, Alice Walk, Sara Campbell, Eileen Fisher, Gumuchian jewelers, and the shops at The Street in Chestnut Hill. Boston’s business and philanthropic leaders rocked the runway in spring styles as well, including: Melissa MacDonnell, head of Liberty Mutual Foundation; Darren Donovan, managing principal at KPMG’s Boston office; Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce president, James Rooney; and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts’ VP of Corporate Citizenship and Public Affairs, Jeff Bellows.

WBZ-TV’s Lisa Hughes emceed, while first lady of Massachusetts, Lauren Baker, delivered featured remarks. WBZ-TV’s Steve Burton and Jerod Mayo brought down the house with a live auction that culminated in a runway dance party. The event, attended by about 350 guests, raised nearly $200,000 in support of Big Sister Boston’s mentoring and enrichment programs for girls. Major sponsorship provided by the Boston Bruins and Ernst & Young.

Bryan Rafanelli and model Marie Wu / Photo by Christopher McIntosh

Event co-chair Kelly McDermott and PGR Media CEO Jane Deery / Photo by Christopher McIntosh

Retired New England Patriot Jared Mayo during the runway dance party with Amanda Pezzuto and Steve Burton of WBZ-TV / Photo by Christopher McIntosh

Model Priscilla Ndikwani in Michael DePaulo / Photo by Christopher McIntosh

Chef Jody Adams and Jim Rooney, President and CEO of Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce / Photo by Christopher McIntosh

Photographer Mike Casey and Dr. Mallika Marshall of WBZ-TV / Photo by Christopher McIntosh

Big Sister Isabella and Little Sister Neveah / Photo by Christopher McIntosh

Harvard Women’s Soccer co-captains Carly Rotatori and Bailey Gary / Photo by Christopher McIntosh

Don Rodman of Rodman Ford Sales and Spencer Collier of Getfused / Photo by Christopher McIntosh

Big Sister Leah Reis-Dennis and Little Sister Anwesha / Photo by Christopher McIntosh

About Big Sister Association of Greater Boston
Big Sister Association of Greater Boston ignites girls’ passion and power to succeed through positive mentoring relationships with women and enrichment programs that support girls’ healthy development. For 65 years, Big Sister Boston has focused on meeting the unique needs of girls by providing them with the guidance, caring, and support of a Big Sister. Today, the organization serves more than 2,700 girls annually through professionally supported mentoring relationships with trained women mentors and enrichment activities that address the social-emotional development of girls age 7-20. Big Sister Boston is the only independently supported Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA) agency exclusively serving girls, and was recently recognized by BBBSA as the national Agency of the Year from more than 300 affiliates across the country. For more information, please visit