Thank you for a great event!
Soar Above is an annual fundraising gala benefiting End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin, the statewide coalition that serves the 73 domestic violence programs throughout Wisconsin and also offers direct legal services to immigrants, refugees and other marginalized populations.
September 13, 2018
4:30pm – 8:00pm
1 John Nolen Drive
Madison, WI 53703
clothing is encouraged
George Styler is a Los Angeles based fashion designer originally from Serbia known for his ethno-look knitwear. Styler’s designs have been described as colorful with a multicultural flair. His inspirations are varied, deriving from nature, architecture, fairy tales, flora and fauna.
Styler’s line of clothing has been presented at London Fashion Week, LA Fashion Week, Expo 2015 Milan, the Fashionclash Festival, Seattle Fashion Week, Scottsdale Fashion Week, Vancouver Fashion Week, Belgrade Fashion Week among others. His designs made the covers of Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, The New York Times, Glamour, Elle magazine, Esquire, New African Woman, Unfolded and many others.
According to Styler, “In a modern society, people are often prisoners of social networks, media and prejudices without being aware of it. A bird in a cage is the best example of modern slavery and the inability to its basic right which is to fly free. We live in the world where hate still exists among people, where we are divided by social class, a world in which people mock each other’s differences. In my collection, I want to demonstrate this robbing of freedom and what would it be like for a man to become someone’s decoration without the possibility of flying – the right to freedom.”
Based in Madison, Wisconsin, Cycropia was formed in 1989 and is one of the oldest continuously-operating aerial dance troupes within the United States.
Using single-point trapeze, bungee, lyra, aerial fabric and custom steel apparatus, Cycropia combines modern dance, athleticism and the magic of defying gravity. Cycropia’s mission is to foster artistic expression and creative movement through aerial dance, education, performance and other community-building activities.
This Madison based “soul-rhythm-funk-blues-spoken word-punk” duo features the strong vocals and rhythm guitar of Virginia Rose with the leading guitar and backup vocals of Mark Nelson.
Virginia is a veteran performer, having appeared with numerous local and touring musical groups, as well as experience with dramatic productions. Mark began performing on guitar at the age of 14, and has been arranging, writing, and playing music ever since.
As the former Project Director for Development for HotelRED, Jason has participated in countless city and state-wide community initiatives and boards. Prior to his time in the hospitality industry, Jason served as legal counsel and aide for several elected officials including Congressman Martin Olav Sabo, Congressman Barney Frank, Wisconsin State Assembly Member Tom Nelson and British Member of Parliament Austin Mitchell. Jason advised the members in transportation, military affairs, economic development and urban affairs. In addition, Jason served as a volunteer in the Peace Corps in Niger, West Africa for two years, where he learned the value of creating authentic connections with different stakeholder groups within a community. Jason earned a B.A. in Political Science from Boston University and a J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School. Jason currently serves as the President of Downtown Madison Inc. where he continues to impress not only by his educational and occupational background, but by his passion for the mission of DMI and his sincere desire to have a positive impact on the Madison community.
DMI is a not-for-profit membership organization which effectively connects people, organizations and ideas to celebrate, sustain and grow downtown Madison as a thriving regional economic engine that offers exceptional quality of life for businesses, residents and visitors.
Thanks to our sponsors who help make this event possible!
Travelling from the East Side of Madison:
Use State Route 151 heading West (East Washington) to travel into town. Turn Left onto Blair Street, and then turn right onto E Wilson Street. The Government East Parking Garage is located on Wilson Street. To park at the event center, continue on E Wilson (it becomes W Wilson) and turn left onto Broom Street. From there, turn left onto John Nolen Drive and enter the Monona Terrace Parking lot to your right.
Travelling from the West Side of Madison:
Take the Beltline East (US-12, US-14, US-18, US-151) until you reach exit 263 for John Nolen Drive. Follow John Nolen until you reach the Monona Terrace on your right (shortly after taking the bridge across Lake Monona).
While parking is available at the Monona Terrace, alternate parking is available one block away on East Wilson Street at the Government East Parking Garage. Ground level access to Monona Terrace is available from E Wilson Street.