Hope students rock Style of Hope
Hope student models rocked the runway in formal wear and brought the audience to their feet during the 10th annual Style of Hope fashion show on Thursday, March 19.
Four young ladies wore beautiful gowns provided by Bella Boutique in Springfield, while another four young men wore tuxedos thanks to Jim Herron Menswear in the downtown district. The annual fundraiser benefits Hope and was held at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield.
The show featured more than 35 community models wearing the latest fashions from seven area stores. The Springfield Ballet Company entertained the crowd with amazing dance routines and acoustic band The Deep Hollow helped jumpstart the evening. Emcee Mylas Copeland, general manager of Green Toyota in Springfield, commanded the stage with a shining personality to drive donation efforts. Guests were able to bid on any of 126 silent auction packages, as well as a live auction special. The event also included an exclusive raffle of four separate prizes.
“Thank you to everyone who supported the show, which allowed our students to experience a moment their families will cherish for a lifetime,” said Clint Paul, Hope President and CEO. “The 700 people who attended the event had the opportunity to witness what each of us sees every day: the amazing things Hope students can do.”
Students practiced for a month leading up to the show. Once the first student model graced the stage, the audience immediately stood up and cheered. The students received a standing ovation and brought many in the crowd to tears.
April is National Autism Awareness Month, a time for people to mobilize and advocate on behalf of those diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder to ensure they have the opportunity to achieve the highest possible quality of life. To learn more about how you can get involved, please contact www.theautismprogram.org.
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