The plan is for Stanford running back Bryce Love to replace a chunk of the production lost by the departure of Christian McCaffrey to the NFL.
Turns out that Love also took his place as one of the Stanford student-athletes to walk the runway last month at the third annual Inside Anne’s Closet fashion show, a fundraiser benefiting the Colon Cancer Alliance.
“We certainly missed Christian McCaffrey,” said John Paye, the event chair. “But maybe we’ll have another first-round pick next year.”
The fashion show, which was held May 23 at the Menlo Circus Club in Atherton, honors the memory of Paye’s mother, who succumbed to the disease four years ago at the age of 68.
“It was another uplifting event,” said Paye, a Stanford Hall of Fame quarterback and former San Francisco 49er. “We netted over a quarter of a million dollars for colon cancer awareness. It’s something everyone should be proud of.
“The neat thing for me is being able to be in my community that I was born and raised and played sports in and coached in, that I have people that almost come up to me every week saying, ‘Oh, John, if it wasn’t for you and your mom’s event, I would not have had my colonoscopy, I would not have known that it was important to do it.’ ”
Joining Love on the runway were a number of teammates, including defensive end Harrison Phillips, cornerbacks Alijah Holder and Alameen Murphy, plus running back Cameron Scarlett.
The Stanford women’s basketball team, fresh off a trip to the Final Four, made its presence felt as Brittany McPhee, who relived her days as a teenage model, alongside teammates Kaylee Johnson, DiJonai Carrington and Anna Wilson, the younger sister of Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.
Also, can’t forget to mention their coach was in attendance.
“For the first year we were able to get Tara VanDerveer there,” Paye said. “And she was very proud of her athletes, as well.”
Stanford senior Kelsey Humphries, a member of the NCAA champion women’s volleyball team, likewise took turns modeling summer fashions provided by local and national retailers such as Jenni Kayne, Louisa Spagnoli, Gitane and Brooks Brothers.
So, who rocked the runway the most?
“The two that stood out for me was Bryce Love, he looked like a professional model out there, and then there was the semi-professional model Brittany McPhee, who used to model for Vogue,” Paye said. “In my vote, they were the two stars this year.”
The event was emceed by Bay Area NBC Anchor Jessica Aguirre, with the runway show anchored by a couture evening gown presentation from American fashion designer Carmen Marc Valvo, a colon cancer survivor who auctioned off a package to fashion week in New York and served as the honorary chair last month.
“He brought a lot to the event being a fashion designer, but he talked a lot about his own diagnosis with colon cancer and what that meant to his life,” Paye said. “It was very meaningful. That was kind of an emotional part of the event this year.”
Proceeds 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 www.ccalliance.org.