Partners in Learning to bring back special needs fashion show in person – Salisbury Post

Partners in Learning to bring back special needs fashion show in person – Salisbury Post

Partners in Learning brings back the special needs fashion show in person

Posted 12:00 am Thursday, August 18, 2022

SALISBURY — September is the time for the annual Partners in Learning fashion show, and this year it returns in person.

Norma Honeycutt, CEO of Partners In Learning says, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year, no it’s not Christmas.

Partners In Learning’s 6th Annual “Just As I Am” Special Needs Fashion Show will be held on Thursday, September 8 at 6 p.m. This year’s event will be the first in-person since the pandemic and features exciting new experiences . “After going virtual for two years, we knew we had to do something to celebrate the return in person. This year we secured local stars to put on a show that will bring a lot of energy, love and excitement,” said director of development Amy Vestal.

Jenna Faggart and Meredith Little, owners of 3 jem’s and Tik Tok stars, will host this year’s event, and Emilee Stamper will work behind the scenes to make sure the models are runway ready.

“3 jem’s has supported our fashion show from the beginning. They always take the time to dress our families in the latest fashions and donate the clothes to the models. Being a fashion show, we wanted to put fashion and fun in the spotlight for the sixth year. “During the pandemic, I joined Tik Tok and started following the trio and their store. They could always brighten my day with their upbeat energy and positivity. This is just what we needed for our first in-person comeback event. So I reached out and was excited when they agreed to be our MC,” said Vestal.

Faggart, known as jenna.and.her.gents on TikTok, posts positive dance and comedy content and has more than 700,000 followers, and was on NBC’s Dancing With Myself. She also used to be a teacher, before she and her sisters opened 3 jem’s Boutique. “Beyond the fame, what makes them the best for this show is that they are all mothers. Moms who know how to interact with young children, make them smile and above all have fun”, says Amy Vestal.

“We are beyond honored to be invited to MC this year’s “Just As I Am” fashion show. We love everything it stands for and we feel lucky to be a part of it. We can’t wait to bring the fun and cheer on these amazing kids as they strut down the runway! says, said Faggart.

The annual special needs fashion show, Just the Way I Am, is held in memory of Jacob Usher, a former student with Down syndrome who passed away due to a congenital heart defect at the age of seven. Brings awareness to the community about developmental disorders as well as the need to serve those families in our community. Funds raised from this annual event support Partners In Learning’s Dr. Shirley P Ritchie Scholarship Fund. Our grant helps provide funds for families who cannot afford educational or therapeutic services, adaptive equipment, materials and classroom support, and family support services.

This year’s fashion show will also include an online silent auction. For those who can’t

attend in person, the program will be streamed live on YouTube.

Donations can be made by mailing a check to 2386 Robin Rd. Salisbury, NC 28144 or by visiting Tickets for the event can also be purchased on their website.

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