Bay Area Celebrities and Athletes Took to the Runway to End Colon Cancer at 3rd Annual Inside Anne’s Closet Fashion Show & Luncheon

Last week, the 3rd Annual Inside Anne’s Closet celebrity fashion show and fundraiser luncheon benefiting the Colon Cancer Alliance took place on Tuesday, May 23rd at the Menlo Circus Club in Atherton, CA. This years’ Honorary Chair was renowned American Fashion Designer and colon cancer survivor Carmen Marc Valvo. The event was in honor of Event Chair John Paye’s (Stanford Hall of Fame Quarterback and former San Francisco 49er) mother Anne, who passed away in June 2013 at age 68 from the disease. Anne, a lover of fashion, was always dressed to the nines and John inspired family and friends to band together and be proactive in raising awareness about the need for colon cancer screening and in reaching out to underserved communities.

The event, emceed by Bay Area NBC Anchor Jessica Aguirre, included a runway show with Bay Area notable and celebrity athlete models (Pro Athletes & Stanford Athletes) and on-air talent modeling summer fashions generously provided by local and national retailers such as Jenni Kayne, Louisa Spagnoli, Gitane, Brooks Brothers. Closing out the runway presentation was a couture evening gown presentation by Carmen Marc Valvo.

This year’s event raised at least $350,000 in which proceeds from the event will benefit the Colon Cancer Alliance’s research grant program and support awareness and screening efforts in the Bay Area. For more information about Colon Cancer Alliance, visit

2017 Runway Models Who Participated Are:

Stanford University:
Harrison Phillips, Defensive End, Stanford University Football
Alameen Murphy, Cornerback, Stanford University Football
Cameron Scarlett, Running Back, Stanford University Football
Alijah Holder, Cornerback, Stanford University Football
Bryce Love, Running Back, Stanford University Football
Brittany McPhee, Guard, Women’s Stanford University Basketball
Kaylee Johnson, Forward, Women’s Stanford University Basketball
Dijonai Carrington, Guard, Women’s Stanford University Basketball
Anna Willson, Guard, Women’s Stanford University Basketball
Kelsey Humphreys, Stanford University Volleyball Player

University of Southern California:
Jackson Barrett, University of Southern California Volleyball Player

Pro Athletes/Bay Area Notables:
Tank Williams, Yahoo Sports College & Fantasy Football Analyst, Former Stanford University and NFL Football Player with the Tennessee Titans, Minnesota Vikings, and New England Patriots
Drew Bennett, First Take NFL analyst, Former UCLA and Tennessee Titans Football Player
Khari Stephenson, Former MLS Soccer player
Toi Cook, Former Stanford University Football Player and San Francisco 49er
Steve Bono, Former UCLA Football Player and San Francisco 49er
Eric Byrnes, Analyst at MLB Network, Former UCLA and Oakland Athletics Baseball Player
Raj Mathai, News Anchor for NBC Bay Area KNTV
Jon Root, Olympic Gold Medalist in Men’s Volleyball, Former Stanford University Volleyball Player
Rosalyn Gold-Onwude, Basketball Analyst for ESPN, Sideline reporter Comcast, for regional
broadcasts of Golden State Warriors and San Francisco 49ers games, Former Stanford University Basketball Player
Sonia Mathai, VP, Global Head of People at Synack
Lulu Eschelman, Handbag Fashion Designer, LumillaMingus

Photos by Drew Altizer