Two couples will chair the event—Steve and Shelley Lucas, Barb and Neil Oberfeld. Photo by Scottie Iverson
It’s official! Children’s Diabetes Foundation (CDF) has confirmed that the esteemed Rebecca Minkoff will have her creations on the runway when the Spring Brass Ring is held in spring (remember it used to be fall) on April 4. Spring Brass Ring has a nice ring to it! The multi-faceted fundraiser set records last year, especially for a daytime event, and begins with morning festivities, silent auction, live auction, Jewels for Hope and of course the luncheon and show.
Co-chairs this year are couples – Shelley and Steve Lucas and Barb and Neil Oberfeld. Shelley and Barb are seasoned veterans of serving with CDF and both have been past presidents of The Guild, the volunteer group for Children’s Diabetes Foundation. Both Steve and Neil are business leaders and philanthropists in the Denver community, so it’s a strong lineup. “We are beyond excited to have the inspirational Rebecca Minkoff present her collection on the runway and are looking forward to an incredible event,” said Guild Program Administrator Sara Santacruz. “The Spring Brass Ring is one of our favorite ways to bring the Denver community together to honor our Type 1 heroes as we reach for our ‘brass ring’ the cure for Type 1 diabetes.”
Minkoff has had a rapid rise in the world of fashion design and is an industry leader in the luxury handbags, accessories, footwear and apparel categories. Her playful and edgy designs are spotted around the world on young women as well as celebrities. She developed an affinity for design while in the production department in high school. She moved to New York City at age 18 to pursue her dream of being a fashion designer. In 2001, she designed a version of the “I Love New York” (part of a five-piece capsule collection) shirt that appeared on The Tonight Show and became an overnight sensation. In 2005, she designed her first handbag dubbed The Morning After Bag (M.A.B.). Her career was further enhanced by the support of her brother, the company’s CEO and co-founder. Uri Minkoff ushered in and pioneered the company’s industry-leading social media efforts.
After five years of designing her statement-making handbags and accessories with her trademark leathers, studs and hardware, she returned to her roots of apparel design and introduced her first ready-to-wear collection in 2009. Today, she is a global brand and there’s even a men’s accessory line under the label Uri Minkoff. In 2017, Rebecca Minkoff Watches was launched.
In 2011, she was recognized by the industry by being given the “Breakthrough Designer Award” from the Accessories Council. As a philanthropist, in 2017 she was announced as a member of the first-ever New York State Council on Women and Girls, in the company of other female industry leaders dedicated to bringing women together for positive change. In 2018, she established the Female Founder Collective, a network of businesses led by women that invest in women’s financial power across the socio-economic spectrum by enabling and powering female-owned businesses.
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