Ashley Lauren Fisher

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Ashley Lauren Fisher
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Born Montville, New Jersey, U.S.
Occupation Model
Restaurateur
Years active 1998–present

Ashley Lauren Fisher is an American model, co-founder and chairwoman of Discovery Through Design,[1] a non-profit organization that creates awareness and raises funds for disabled women's health initiatives and spinal cord research,[2] and a former actress, and restaurateur.[3]

Background[edit]

Fisher was born and raised in Montville, New Jersey, and was inducted into the Montville Township High School Hall of Fame in 2011.[4] She has performed in Carnegie Hall and Steinway Hall, on MTV, and modeled with NYC agencies.[5]

In 1998, she and her boyfriend Larry ran an upscale Italian restaurant in New Jersey called Pazzo Pazzo.[6]

On July 12, 1998, Fisher suffered from a spinal cord injury after diving into shallow water near the Jersey Shore.[3] She became a tetraplegic.[6]

Philanthropy[edit]

With other women, Fisher co-founded Discovery Through Design which has raised almost a million dollars for spinal cord research.[7][8][9] She is also an organizer of Rolling with Style, a fashion show for women with disabilities.[10]

The Morris County (New Jersey) Chamber of Commerce named Fisher "Female Legend of Morris County".[11] She gave the keynote address at DiscoverAbility, the New Jersey Governor's Conference on Employment for People with Disabilities.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Philanthropy: Marilyn Hamilton helped establish the nonprofit organization Discovery Through Design". marilynhamilton.com. Retrieved 4 May 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Discovery through Design's Rolling with Style Gala Adds a Whole New Spin to Fashion Week". National Spinal Cord Injury Association. 15 February 2007. Archived from the original on 17 July 2011. Retrieved 4 May 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c Parker-Hope, Tara (26 March 2009). "Voices of Spinal Cord Injury". The New York Times blog. Retrieved 3 May 2010. 
  4. ^ 2011 MTHS Hall of Fame, Montville Township High School. Accessed March 29, 2012.
  5. ^ a b Rouba, Kelly (2007). "New Jersey Governor's Conference on Employment for People with Disabilities". thisabled.com. Archived from the original on July 17, 2011. Retrieved 4 May 2010. 
  6. ^ a b c Rubin, Nadine (1 June 2006). "Overcoming the odds". Harpers Bazaar. Retrieved 3 May 2010. 
  7. ^ a b Edelman, Adam (13 February 2007). "Designers roll out their latest lines: Chic wheelchairs". USA Today. Retrieved 4 May 2010. 
  8. ^ a b "Founders of Discovery Through Design". Sunrise Medical. Archived from the original on 27 February 2009. Retrieved 4 May 2010. 
  9. ^ a b Rouba, Kelly. "Reinventing the Wheel with Style". United Spinal Association. Archived from the original on 15 March 2009. Retrieved 4 May 2010. 
  10. ^ a b "'Rolling With Style' for a good cause". ABC Eyewitness News. 5 February 2007. Archived from the original on 29 June 2011. Retrieved 3 May 2010. 
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  12. ^ "First New Jersey Governor's Conference on Employment for People with Disabilities". Press release. New Jersey Business Leadership Network. Archived from the original on September 8, 2012. Retrieved March 29, 2012. 

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