Power Grid Blog
Mark's Weekly Message
February 3, 2012 | AAPD Power Grid Blog Team
By AAPD President and CEO Mark Perriello
DC has been experiencing spring-like weather this week, which means I hear a lot of people saying “it’s such a shame it’s a week day and we have to work!” I’m as prone to spring fever as anyone else, but since I came to AAPD I find that every day is a great day to do this work. Still, some things stand out. I think we do our best and most inspiring work when we get a chance to show real people’s faces and stories.
That’s why Tuesday February 7th is going to be a great day at work. On Tuesday, designer Marc Ecko will film and photograph six members of our community. These models, who were selected from over 130 applicants from around the country, will show off original Ecko designs and participate in the making of a short film about who they are and their own personal styles.
I can’t do these models justice, so here are two of them in their own words:
My best qualities are being outgoing, funny, personable, and kind to people. I learn a little from everyone that comes into my life and no one cuts me any slack because I am in a wheelchair, or can’t do certain things on my own; in my world, I get the same treatment as every other teenager! I love my life and have a lot of people that love me. Because I love my clothes, and like looking good; I would love the opportunity to model Marc Ecko clothes, and also represent for my peers in this event. Thank you for having an event that allows kids like me to model clothes that we love to wear.
The long white cane, an essential tool of independence, is part of my style. I carry it proudly, and hope my confidence, sense of fashion and positive spirit convey the message that it is truly ok to be blind.
It would be impossible to overstate what Marc Ecko’s work with AAPD means to us. He has given his time to help us present our work through a website and logo; he’s created an exciting look for our gala, and most importantly, he is sharing our mission to show our community’s power, pride, and beauty.
It’s fantastic to work with Marc Ecko, a thrill to be a part of a project like this, and a privilege to spend every day working for our community—even if it means I spend a few really nice days inside.