By Carissa Woytach, United Way of Greater Cleveland Staff Writer
Editor’s note: This year we are highlighting some of the Rock the CATWALK community models – showcasing their talents, passion and careers leading up to the annual fashion show.
Like many community models in this year’s show, it is Dan Moulthrop’s first United Way of Greater Cleveland’s Rock the CATWALK (RTC) appearance. But, unlike his corporate and city counterparts, the City Club of Cleveland, where he is CEO, has history traced back to the city’s deep philanthropic roots similar to United Way.
“Like United Way, the City Club exists as a civic institution, a legacy of Cleveland’s storied past existing to support the community,” he said. “United Way does it through federated giving, we do it through convening conversations of consequence to help democracy thrive…It’s a very important, symbiotic relationship we’re all in to help our community pull together in the same direction.”
Celebrating its centennial anniversary in 2012, the club promotes free speech and open discussion through their speaker series. Past speakers include Babe Ruth, Rosa Parks and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
United Way President and CEO August Napoli and RTC Co-chair Kristen Baird Adams both serve on the City Club’s board and invited Moulthrop, who’s excited for the chance to take part in the night’s festivities.
“It’s the first catwalk I’ve ever rocked,” he joked. “I’ve never been to one of these. I was invited to participate and I don’t say no to board members, unless I have to. It sounds like fun.”
J3 Clothing Company, a shop specializing in high-quality, fashion-forward men’s brands, is providing Moulthrop’s threads. He knows what he’s wearing down the runway, but was cryptic in previewing the designs.
“I would love to wear the ‘full Cleveland’ but I doubt anybody’s going to get me a white belt,” he said. “Let’s just say there’s a little bit of Sex Pistols and perhaps a little Sherlock Holmes.”
This year’s Rock the CATWALK is Thursday, November 3 at the Global Center for Health Innovation. Doors open at 6 p.m. and tickets are on sale now. For more information, contact Megan Shadrach at firstname.lastname@example.org or 216-436-2131.