Let the Fashions Begin Continues the Fight to Find a Cure for Sickle Cell Disease

Style Magazine Newswire | 11/12/2013, 5:22 p.m. | Updated on 11/12/2013, 5:22 p.m.
Saying that Clarease Rankin Yates is successful in her chosen career is an understatement. She is the first African American ...

Saying that Clarease Rankin Yates is successful in her chosen career is an understatement. She is the first African American female appointed to the position of United States Immigration Judge. She is an author, penning the book “Indestructible Beginning,” to teach youth charm and etiquette. She is one of Houston most influential women. But what good is it to just be a success if you don’t help your fellow man. Luckily Judge Yates is far removed from that category. For the last 18 years she has been dedicated to funding a cure for Sickle Cell Disease.

Knowing that more 1 in every 400 African Americans and 1 in every 1000 to 1400 Hispanics are disproportionately affected by Sickle Cell Disease, Judge Yates decided to do something about it. In 1996 with her partners the late Judith Jones and her husband Nelson Jones started Let the Fashions Begin as a fundraiser for Sickle Cell Disease research.

Annually Let the Fashion Begins holds a black-tie fundraising gala where they honor distinguished men who have a strong sense of fashion and a big heart for service. Noted honorees showcase their savvy fashion style down the runway at the exclusive affair while raising money for a worthy cause. All proceeds benefit the Texas Children’s Hospital Sickle Cell Center.

This year’s event takes place on November 15th at Hotel ZaZA at 6pm. “We are ecstatic about our 17th annual Men of Style event. Hotel ZaZA will never be the same,” says MOS founder, Judge Clarease Yates. Challenging attendees to “Dare to Dream,” Judge Yates and Let the Fashions Begin hopes to break fundraising records at their sold out event.

Houston Style is proud of honorary chairs Francis Page, Jr. and his wife Kristyn Page along with Judge Michael McSpadden and Anne Van Horn. The Gala co-chairs are Linda Wischnewsky, Vanessa Hall and Constance Charles. The roster of 2013 honorees is impressive. This year’s Living Legends are Darryl Wischnewsky, C.E.O. and President, Bayway Auto Group; Dr. James Douglas, Executive Vice President, Texas Southern University; Attorney Nelson Jones, Managing Partner, Garner Scott & Jones, PLLC and Acting President, Sickle Cell Association of the Texas Gulf Coast; and Mark Wallace, President and Chief Executive Officer, Texas Children's Hospital. The 2013 Men of Style honorees are Michael Aldridge, Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Saratoga Resources, Inc.; James Banks, owner, State Farm Insurance Agency; Astley Blair, Chief Financial Officer, Marine Well Containment Company; Judge Marc Carter, District Court Judge, Harris County, Texas; Mark L. Christensen, Regional Manager, Bartlett Cocke General Contractor's; Keith Davis, Sr., President, D-Mars Magazine; Dimitri Fetokakis, Owner, Niko Niko's; John Jamil, Philanthropist; Danny Nguyen, Danny Nguyen Couture; Chester Pitts, Sports Anchor, KPRC Channel 2 TV; Carroll Robinson, Esq., Trustee, District #4, Houston Community College; Dr. Stephen Simko, Pediatric Oncologist, Texas Children's Cancer and Hematology Centers; Dr. John Stanford, Jr., President, MJWJ Global Radio Network and Panjo Investments; R.G. Thomas, Owner, Arrest-A-Pest, Inc.; and Gilad Zadok, Zadok Jewelers.

Sickle cell disease is an inherited blood disorder that causes an abnormality of the structure of the red blood cells, which tend to get stuck in blood vessels, leading to excruciating pain and sometimes life-threatening organ damage. Help to find a cure for Sickle Cell Disease by donating to Let the Fashions Begin, Inc. online at www.letthefashionsbegin.com.