Tuesday, September 4, 2012

FASHION MEETS PHILANTHROPY IN BALTIMORE: Annual fashion show featuring Ruth Shaw's fall line benefits two local institutions



3rd Annual Art of Giving Fashion Show
Benefiting Baltimore School for the Arts and Kennedy Krieger Institute

WHEN: Friday, September 21, 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
WHERE: Renaissance Fine Arts, 1848 Reisterstown Road, Baltimore
TICKETS: $150 per person ($125 tax deductible)

*For more information call 443.923.7300 or visit ww.kennedykrieger.org/artofgiving

The thermometer stillsays it’s hot out there but the fashionistas in town are already looking ahead to fall.

“The Art of Giving initiative incorporates the entire community, and you’re only as good as your community,” explained Owner of Ruth Shaw, Inc. and fashion show coordinator, Ray Mitchener. “The strength in combining two amazing organizations such as the BSA and KennedyKrieger has the potential to draw more support for both of them than ever before.”

BSA dance and music students will have the unique opportunity to assist behind the scenes, as Ray Mitchener himself will teach students the logistics of a fashion show.

Prior to the show, guests will have the opportunity to hear musical entertainment by BSA musicians while enjoying the collections in the Radcliffe Jewelers and Renaissance showrooms. Guests will also enjoy a light lunch donated by The Classic Catering People. Attendees will receive special “goody bags” and can also purchase raffle tickets for a MICHELE watch from the Urban Mini collection (valued at $795) or an original watercolor by Karen Dupre from the “Belle Chaussures” series custom-framed (valued at $1,450).

Last year, the fashion show raised more than $40,000 for BSA and Kennedy KriegerInstitute.

Art of Giving is made possible by the Renaissance Fine Arts, Ruth Shaw, Inc., Radcliffe Jewelers, The Classic Catering Company, The Wine Source, The Corner Bakery, Luminaires and SYLK Cosmetics, which is owned by BSA alumna Tiffany Jeffers.

Founded in 1980, Baltimore School for the Arts is a nationally recognized public high school that provides its students with intensive pre-professional training in the arts in conjunction with a rigorous academic curriculum. BSA graduates go on to the most selective arts and university programs nationwide and achieve prominence in theater, film, music, dance and visual arts. Additionally, BSA's TWIGS program offers free after-school arts instruction to more than 700 city elementary and middle school children. BSA is a vibrant part of Baltimore'scultural community, reaching thousands of families and children each year with free and low-cost performances, exciting collaborative projects, exhibitions, and educational programming.

Internationally recognized for improving the lives of children and adolescents with disorders and injuries of the brain and spinal cord, the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, MD serves more than 16,000 individuals each year through inpatient and outpatient clinics, home and community services and school-based programs. Kennedy Krieger provides a wide range of services for children with developmental concerns mild to severe, and is home to a team of investigators who are contributing to the understanding of how disorders develop while pioneering new interventions and earlier diagnosis. For more information on Kennedy Krieger Institute, visit