Our 15th Annual Fashion Show Fundraiser
Sunday, November 1, 2020
Start time: 12:00 pm
End time: 1:30 pm
Location: Virtual! Relax and enjoy the show from the comfort of your home!
A benefit for NADS – This wildly fun and popular fundraiser helps to financially support the programs and services that NADS provides to children with Down syndrome and their families.
- Timeline TBD. Stay tuned and check back as we fine tune the event!
Proceeds from this event support the programs NADS provides to individuals with Down syndrome and their families.
This year’s event will again be emceed by ABC-Channel 7 news anchor, Stacey Baca! [Read her bio!]
Brian Donovan is the director of the award winning documentary, Kelly’s Hollywood (currently on Showtime Networks), about the intimate relationship he had with his spectacular sister who was born with Down syndrome. Brian has toured internationally speaking about inclusion, equality and how imperative it is for everyone to be given the chance to pursue their dreams. He has also been a professional actor (www.briandonovan.org)
Regina Alvarado is currently a titleholder in the Captivating Pageant system directed by Rick Martinez from Studio RM, representing Puerto Rico. She has been involved in pageantry for many years and has been able to experience amazing life adventures with the help of her coach, Yasin Cuevas, which has led to her passion in advocacy for individuals with disabilities, families and the community. Ms. Alvarado began her journey working with individuals with disabilities at Bedford City Schools in Ohio, working as a paraprofessional for a Multi-Handicap classroom for children while simultaneously working towards a Masters degree in Special Education. With mentorship from Rosana Camargo, she was then able to work for Catholic Charities Disability Services Camp Happiness, as well as their Sunday School program for adults with disabilities. In 2019, Ms. Alvarado participated and fundraised for Special Olympics, later volunteering for the Bedford, OH chapter where she taught herself ASL in order to better communicate with her students and campers. Currently, Ms. Alvarado works with students that require language assistance and special needs services at the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. She loves that she can incorporate her English, Spanish, and ASL skills to better assist these students. Ms. Alvarado has dedicated herself to advocate for individuals with disabilities by celebrating their differences and diversity. With the hope to increase awareness for Autism, Down syndrome and other diagnoses, and to raise awareness about the importance of early intervention and access to appropriate services and supports, Ms. Alvarado knows that individuals of all abilities will be able to lead full and successful lives. Using her title as Miss Puerto Rico Captivating 2020, she hopes to bring awareness for a more inclusive society.
Melissa Bond is a journalist, writer, poet, actor, social justice advocate, advocate for those with disabilities, short film writer, producer, and guerrilla performance artist. She’s practiced yoga since she was 19 and taught mindfulness meditation after traveling alone to Nepal at age 18. The hike to Everest Base Camp was worth it but mercy, the oxygen deprivation was brutal. She’s recently taken her love of performance and public speaking and performed at a SLC Pecha Kucha in 2019, the storytelling Risk! Podcast (with over 1M downloads per month) in June 2020 and planned performances for a TEDxPSU and a celebration of Alan Ginsberg’s seminal poem HOWL, both in October 2020. In addition to writing, Melissa loves playing around on the stage and in radio. She’s written and performed her own work in numerous venues in Salt Lake City, including the Rose Wagner Black Box during the Sundance Film Festival in 2016. She performed at the University of Utah’s Kingsbury Hall and spent several years writing and producing fictional shorts for KRCL, Utah’s only independent radio station. Melissa is currently working toward publication of her book, Blood Orange Night.
Bridget Brown: NADS Vice President and Self-Advocate
Back by popular demand, a special performance by Center Stage Dancers!
Support Our Event!
If you or someone you know is interested in supporting our event by donating a raffle, silent auction item or by being a sponsor, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org!
We have been working diligently to find the BEST way possible to celebrate our kids, share our message and raise those dollars that are so important to the mission of NADS! This year there will be a fundraising page for each model. We found this is the easiest way to support our models and their families! NADS will provide the link and you can personalize it for your model! The good news is there is no participation fee! All you have to do is share your child’s page with your family and friends and raise a minimum of $150! Don’t worry if this is new to you, we will be there to support you every step of the way. You can create your own Fundraising Page or donate directly through the link below:
In order to express the models personality along with a burst of fashion, we are asking that each participant select their own choice of clothing this year. There is no need to report the outfit that the model will wear. Since this is our 15th year in celebrating the fashion show, it would be nice to “showcase” our models with style! Please dress for Sunday’s best. We recommend something other than sports paraphernalia, jeans, lounge wear, Halloween costumes or any type of uniform. Please try to be unique and creative, including the use of props and accessories.
Each family needs to submit photos of your child. Photos will be used for the virtual event as well as the program and script identification. Please submit no more than five photos. Only one photo will be used for the program book. If you have a preference as to which photo you would like used in the program, please let us know, if not the committee will choose which picture is used. The photo used in the program book will be similar to a wallet size so it should be a close-up. The more contrast in the photo will provide a better image in the program. If possible, please submit photos in JPEG format with high resolution to email@example.com no later than September 15th. We would hate for you to miss having your photo in the show, so please make sure we receive it by September 15th!
Professional Photography Option:
This year, NADS is partnering with Brianna Lynn Photography and offering professional quality photos for the cost of a sitting fee, $20, to be donated directly back to NADS. Sessions will be 15 minutes each and include 3 free images with an option to purchase more directly from Brianna Lynn Photography. Families will be required to sign a photo release granting Brianna Lynn Photography and NADS permission to use the photos for advertising purposes. There are available times on Saturday, September 5th from 8:00-10:40 am at Phillips Park in Aurora and on Sunday, September 6th from 4:00- 7:15 pm at Phillips Park in Aurora (with social distancing guidelines in place). Please contact Karen Neville at 224-288-5936 if you have any questions or are interested in booking a photography session. In case of inclement weather, Brianna Lynn Photography will move the event to the following weekend, Saturday, September 12th and Sunday the 13th, keeping the same reservation times.
See you there!
We are looking forward to another successful show this year and hope to see many of our familiar families and models as well as some new faces!
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