Urban Peak to honor Morgridge at fashion show

Local philanthropist Carrie Morgridge will be honored at Urban Peak's third annual Urban Nights fashion show and fundraiser on Aug. 29.

Morgridge, vice president of the Morgridge Family Foundation, will receive Urban Peak's Urban Legend honor for her efforts to spark innovation and fuel transformation in education, health and wellness, conservation and the arts. Urban Peak is Colorado's only nonprofit serving youth experiencing homelessness.

"We are honoring Carrie for her philanthropic commitment to the community," says Justin Joseph, production chair of Urban Nights and a member of the Joseph Family Foundation. "We are inspired by and thankful for Carrie's leadership."

This year's fashion show features designer and Project Runway winner Mondo Guerra, who is designing a collection exclusively for the Urban Nights fashion show inspired by artwork created by Urban Peak's homeless youth. The artwork also will be sold during the event's silent auction.

Ten other Colorado designers will be selected by the Urban Nights fashion director and featured on the runway. Local designers can submit their portfolios online at www.urbannightsdenver.org through March 15.

"On any given day, more than 750 youth in metro Denver are homeless or on the verge of becoming homeless," says Amy Meyer Smith, marketing director of Infiniti of Denver, the presenting sponsor of Urban Nights. "This event helps provide basic needs and services for kids who have experienced extreme hardship and homelessness."

The event will be held at Mile High Station under the Colfax Avenue viaduct.

Contact Confluence Denver Development News Editor Margaret Jackson with tips and leads for future stories at margaret@confluence-denver.com.
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