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High Hopes to Host Inclusive Fashion Show

Runway of Hope will feature 35 High Hopes students, both typically developing and those with special needs, on Sunday, April 14.

High Hopes Development Center is continuing its 40th anniversary celebration and gearing up to host its second annual inclusive fashion show, Runway of Hope, featuring children from its preschool and clinic on Sunday, April 14, in The Factory at Franklin’s Liberty Hall.

Presented by AP-Live, the Brett Boyer Foundation and Calvin and Marilyn LeHew, Runway of Hope will feature 35 High Hopes students, both typically developing and those with special needs, who represent the makeup of its education and therapeutic services. Clothing will be provided by Target and The Little Cottage Children’s Shoppe.

“Runway of Hope is quite literally our mission in motion,” said Brandy Blanton, High Hopes Director of Development. “We invite the community to watch our children shine while feeling confident walking the runway alongside their teacher or therapist. It’s truly a celebration of our children and staff and the strides they’ve made together.”

About Runway of Hope

High Hopes feeding therapist Lori Scott originally presented the idea of an inclusive fashion show. Scott also conceptualized the organization’s highly successful High Hopes & Hops fundraiser with her husband and High Hopes board of directors member, Ricky Scott. High Hopes Director of Clinical Services Kristin Garner coined the Runway of Hope name. The inaugural event held last April was dedicated in memory of 9-year-old Evelyn Dieckhaus, the daughter of a High Hopes occupational therapist and victim of The Covenant School shooting.

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 champagne and a snack from Catering & Events by Suzette. Doors open at 4 p.m. with a 4:15 p.m. start, and seating is first come, first served.

Tickets are available for $25 per person and $50 per household of up to six and can be purchased online at highhopesforkids.org/runway-of-hope.





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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.