Sabrina “Sabre” Ocasio founder and host of AIMS Charity Fashion Show. | photo by Jasmine Rice

Philadelphia, PA – Former model, CEO of Sabre’ Inc. and Graves’ Disease advocate Sabrina “Sabre” Ocasio returned to her hometown Philadelphia, to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Autoimmune Metro Style Charity Fashion Show (AIMS) benefiting Autoimmune Diseases and Breast Cancer Research. High fashion, style, awareness and empowerment convened the weekend of Friday August 17 through Sunday August 19, in Philadelphia as well King of Prussia in support of Autoimmune Diseases with proceeds being donated to the American Cancer Society.

For over 10 years, Sabre has worked to raise awareness for Autoimmune Diseases after she herself was diagnosed with Graves’ Disease. Sabre’s strength and determination enabled her to overcome her diagnosis. Even further, it directed her to work behind the scenes after years of being in front of the camera as a model. “I wanted to promote autoimmune disease awareness through my love of fashion” said Sabre. Her tireless work has developed into an epic fashion show and other events that brought together fashion designers, models, influencers, community leaders, families, and celebrities and informed many about Autoimmune Disease.

The entire weekend was filled with exciting, entertaining and enlightening events, empowering and celebrating fashion and fellowship in style. The activities included two amazing celebrity fashion and runway shows, one presenting a night of glam at Lord & Taylor in King of Prussia exhibiting their top trends, a brunch and back to school celebration, workshops, modeling workshops, industry insiders from veterans, social events and live music.

Sabre says her most prized efforts go into her annual charity event the Autoimmune Metro Style Fashion Show, which garners support from her peers in the beauty and entertainment industry nationwide. The AIMS Fashion Show featured a variety of aspiring designers showcasing their creative works for a cause and models between the ages of 4 and 25 years old who united in love as each were affected by Autoimmune Disease in some form or fashion. “AIMS provides a plethora of opportunities for young people and adults of all nationalities to express their voice through style, fashion and culture, while spreading awareness of Autoimmune Diseases”, mentioned Sabre.

The proceeds from the event are donated to fund programs, support groups and eventually a Graves’ Disease Center that is planned to open in Philadelphia in the coming years. Sabre is a fighter and survivor. Most recently, she beat a battle with breast cancer in 2017. As a result, she continues to fight. This year a portion of the proceeds of AIMS will go to the American Cancer Society to support cancer research and development towards a cure.