Heshima Kenya Fashion Challenge will showcase talented young designers

It’s no secret that I love fashion. And, if you read my site regularly, you’ll also know that I am a very active volunteer and the founder of the non-profit Success Won’t Wait. So I’m thrilled when my two passions – the world of fashion and the world of volunteerism – come together!

A perfect example is the upcoming  Heshima Kenya 2011 Fashion Challenge on July 26. This is a Project Runway-inspired competition where talented, up-and-coming Chicago designers use scarves (pictured) made by the women and girls of Heshima Kenya to accent their runway looks! Designs will be judged by the audience, as well as a panel of Chicago style icons.

Heshima Kenya is a Chicago-based non-profit that provides shelter and education for refugee girls and young women in Nairobi, Kenya. The HK 2011 Fashion Challenge will support the development of the Maisha Collective, a program of Nairobi, Kenya-based Heshima Kenya that trains and empowers young refugee women from Somalia, Ethiopia, Sudan, and the Congo to design, produce, and market their unique line of (simply gorgeous!) hand-dyed scarves.

A raffle with fabulous fashion goodies and a silent auction of packages inspired to pamper, renew, and style will round out the unforgettable evening.

General Admission $50

Includes entry, drinks and food

VIP Ticket $120

Includes early entry, drinks & food, book of raffle tickets, and swag bag including gifts from Melissa Shoes & Akira

To purchase tickets, simple visit Heshima Kenya. To learn more about Heshima Kenya CLICK HERE.  Or to view an inspiring video about the program CLICK HERE.

Hope to see you at the show!

Susan McNeill is a wife, mother, author, entrepreneur and the co-founder of the literacy organization Success Won’t Wait! In addition to Susan Said What?! Susan also writes for It’s how you play the game!Success Won’t Wait! and new for 2011 The Best Christmas Ever!  

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