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April 24, 2024

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High Hopes Fashion Show to be Dedicated to Evelyn Dieckhaus

Come out Sunday, April 16 to The Factory at Franklin to support this organization for youth with special needs.

High Hopes Development Center will host its inaugural inclusive fashion show, Runway of Hope, on Sunday, April 16, in The Factory at Franklin’s Liberty Hall. The event is dedicated in memory of 9-year-old Evelyn Dieckhaus, the daughter of a High Hopes occupational therapist and victim of The Covenant School shooting. 

“The entire High Hopes family is struggling following the tragedy that unfolded last week, and it was important for us and our therapists to dedicate Runway of Hope in Evelyn’s name,” said Brandy Blanton, High Hopes Director of Development. “Inclusivity is the fabric of High Hopes, and Runway of Hope is a special way to celebrate our children and their successes outside of our walls – both with High Hopes families and the community at large.”

About Runway of Hope Fashion Show

Presented by AP-Live and the Brett Boyer Foundation, Runway of Hope will feature a group of High Hopes students who represent the makeup of its education and therapeutic services: 25 boys and girls, both typically developing and those with special needs. All clothing will be provided by Target and The Little Cottage Children’s Shoppe. Local vendors will also participate in a pop-up shop opportunity at the event.

The inclusive fashion show concept was developed by High Hopes feeding therapist Lori Scott, who also conceptualized the organization’s highly successful High Hopes & Hops fundraiser with her husband and High Hopes board of directors member, Ricky Scott.

Runway of Hope will showcase Target’s adaptive clothing line, which features functional, sensory-friendly and easier-to-access clothing designed to fit the needs of more babies and kids. Caleb Hartwell, local executive team leader in Target’s remodel division and High Hopes advisory board member, brought Target on board for the event. 

Tickets include complimentary wine and champagne, passed hors d’oeuvres and shopping with participating vendors, including Beauty Counter, The Cellar on Main, The Little Bird Boutique, Modern Bronze, Nolensville Book Nook, No Such Thing Co. and The Spark Collection. Doors open at 4 p.m. with a 4:30 p.m. start, and seating is first come, first served.

Tickets are open seating, available for $25 per person or $50 per household of up to six and can be purchased online at In addition to selling tickets, High Hopes continues to solicit sponsors at a variety of levels, and those interested can contact Brandy at or 615-550-1437 for more information.


About the Author

Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 4-year-old Ezra and baby Norah.