I Am Waters Foundation

Today is 12.02.2016

’80s Supermodels Bring In Big Dollars For I Am Waters Foundation Inaugural Fundraiser | Houston , Texas | Culture Map

'80s Supermodels Bring In Big Dollars For I Am Waters Foundation Inaugural Fundraiser | Houston , Texas | Culture Map | Neil Bush, Maria Bush, Joan Severance, and Jack Scalia

A collection of ’80s supermodels on stage and a ballroom full of glam social mavens, where beneath the frothy surface a serious cause was generously supported. A remarkable $400,000 was raised at the inaugural fundraiser for the I Am Waters Foundation, which provides bottled water, emblazoned with words of hope, to the homeless.

I Am Waters founder Elena Davis, a former model with the Ford agency, tapped her friends from the high-fashion world to take the stage and discuss highlights of the supermodel life before the sellout crowd of more than 500. Joining Davis in her efforts were Cheryl Tiegs, Diane DeWitt, Jack Scalia, Joan Severance, Kelly Emberg, Kim Alexis, Kim Charlton, Tara Shannon and Tony Spinelli, former Ford veep Joey Hunter and fashion photographer Peter Duke.

NBC national news correspondent Janet Shamlian served as emcee of the spirited discussion that touched on everything from the frivolous to the deadly serious — bubble baths in Paris, a suicide attempt in Munich, Sports Illustrated swimsuit covers.

During the program, Davis allowed that her affinity for helping the homeless evolved from her childhood during which she lived on the edge in near-poverty with three siblings and their single mother.