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On Saturday June 1, 2019, Keeping Families Connected, a Dallas-based non-profit organization providing transportation and resources to children with incarcerated parents, hosted its 3rd annual Creation of Fashion designer show presented by The Securus Foundation. The “Epic” themed spectacular was hosted by TV personality and author Phaedra Parks (former Real Housewife of Atlanta) and talk show host Michael Molthan (M2 The Rock Show) with appearances by Scrapp Deleon (VH1’s Love and Hip Hop Atlanta), Jamila T. Davis (CBS’ Pink Collar Crimes), and the Real Housewives of Dallas co-stars LeeAnne Locken and D’Andra Simmons.
America’s Sassiest Lifestyle Guru Steve Kemble emceed the show, which featured runway looks by Bravo TV’s Project Runway Season 17 stars Venny Etienne of Levenity and Lela Orr of Ferrah. Additionally, Galleria Dallas provided seasonal sportswear, womenswear and menswear looks by Guess, Forever 21, GAP and Banana Republic.
“When I used to work with children at North Dallas High School, a lot of the parents were incarcerated and it’s really important to have people who would minister to them,” said D’Andra Simmons, CEO of Hard Night Good Morning and cast member of Bravo TV’s Real Housewives of Dallas. “I love what Letitia has done because she reaches out to those families when a parent has been taken away.”
VH1’s Scrapp Deleon also attended Creation of Fashion after encountering recent incarceration issues and separation from his children.
“When I went to prison my son was three at the time and my baby was only four months old,” Deleon said. “Mrs. Letitia Scott is doing something that I actually haven’t heard about anybody doing, and she’s spending her own money to transport children to go see their mothers and their fathers – and I think it’s things like this that needs to be broadcasted more.”
Through tickets purchases, raffles and a silent auction, $23,000 was raised to benefit Keeping Families Connected.
Additionally, several criminal justice reform related organizations were honored with the 2019 Awards of Excellence:
Award of Excellence: Dawn Freeman with The Securus Foundation
Award of Excellence: Tina Naidoo with the Texas Offenders ReEntry Initiative (T.O.R.I.)
City of Dallas Award and Proclamation: Letitia Scott of Keeping Families Connected