SPRINGFIELD– Hope, a nonprofit organization headquartered in Springfield, IL is hosting their 14th Annual Style of Hope Fashion Show on Wednesday, September 18th, 2019 at the BOS Center. This event will raise funds in support of Hope’s mission – to cultivate change in the most inclusive environments to encourage each person with intellectual or developmental disabilities to fulfill their individual potential through evidence-based treatment, advocacy and community education.

The Style of Hope brings together local fashion boutiques and the Springfield Ballet Company to create an unforgettable and inspiring runway show featuring community members and Hope students as models. Event guests can expect to find the seasons latest in women’s, men’s, and children’s fashion from boutiques like Bella Boutique, Cabi, Gypsy Soul, Iris & Ivy, Jim Herron, Ltd, Michael Kors, The Wardrobe, White House Black Market, and jewelry from Kennedy Sue Home & Gifts. Also, on stage, The Springfield Ballet Company will mesmerize guests with a performance from their Rock Ballet, “Road Trip.” “Style of Hope has been bringing the community together for the past 14 years to support our cause. We are extremely fortunate to be a part of a strong community that not only supports us, but also believes wholeheartedly in our mission,” said Clint Paul, CEO of Hope.

In addition to the featured show, guests will enjoy 5Flavors gourmet hors d’oeuvres and signature drinks. Silent and live auction items will be available for bid, such as a Nashville Condo package (donated by Zach and Erin Bromley), a Bonita Springs, Florida package (donated by Jason and Brandy Loftus), a flooring makeover (donated by Staff Carpet), and five Diamond Box tickets for the September 27th Cubs vs. Cards game (donated by Jeff and Sherri Stauffer).

All event proceeds directly benefit the children and families of Hope. This year’s “Fund the Need” invests in Hope’s employees providing essential on-going professional development through tools, curriculum and technology. Each day, our staff are on the front-line helping children with developmental differences lead lives of increased independence. While most professions require continued training; at Hope, continued education is vital. Investing in ongoing employee development translates directly to the success of the children in our care.

Hope has a rich and highly reputable history in the Springfield community and has also established programs throughout the State of Illinois and into Missouri. For over 60 years, Hope has provided educational, residential, clinical, and health care services to individuals with developmental disabilities. Today, the family of Hope programs include:
• Hope Learning Academy Springfield
• Hope Learning Academy Chicago
• Hope Residential Academy
• Hope Vocational Academy
• The Autism Clinic at Hope (Springfield, Edwardsville, O’Fallon, Kirkwood, MO)
• Illinois Crisis Prevention Network (ICPN)
• The Autism Program of Illinois (TAP)
• Therapy Relief at Hope

For more information on Hope’s history and services, please visit www.hope.us, www.facebook.com/advancinghope, or Visit the Hope YouTube channel @CommunicatingHope.

For tickets or additional information, visit www.hope.us/styleofhope or call (217) 525-9536. Reception begins at 6:00 P.M. and the Fashion Show begins at 7:30 P.M. All proceeds from this event will support the children and programs of Hope. A special thank you to our Presenting Sponsor, HSHS St. John’s Hospital; our Platinum Sponsors, King Tech and Troxell; and our Gold Sponsors, Bella Boutique and Natalie Allan, CEFCU, Dr. Gordon Allan M.D. & Orthopedic Center of Illinois, Illinois National Bank, Levi, Ray, & Shoup, Inc., and Walmart.