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The SKN Foundation’s Annual HOPE Gala will honor special-needs children and their families with a designer fashion show for adults and a special program with the children. The gala will be at 6 p.m. Sept. 22 at The Marigold, 315 Churchill Ave.
The event will benefit the Special Needs Community Outreach Program for Empowerment (SCOPE).
"Special-needs children and their families are, historically, more isolated, and through the SCOPE program, we hope to create an accessible support system for South Asian families,” said Dr. Naveen Mehrotra, founder of the SKN Foundation.
The Shri Krishna Nidhi (SKN) Foundation is a nonprofit organization with a mission of promoting the “wellness of the person and community through education.”
The guest of honor will be Indian actress, humanitarian and former Miss India Juhi Chawla. She will model fashions and walk the runway, as the “show stopper" for international fashion designer Joy Mitra. In turn, Mitra will debut a special collection he created just for the cause.
Special-needs children will also walk the runway in their individual styles, created by Mitra.
“What an amazing opportunity for my son," said Radha Lath, mother of Aditya Lath, one of the children in the fashion show. "I am so proud of him every day, and walking the ramp, dressed up so fabulously, allows him to know that we love him just as he is.”
Indian television host, actress and model Mini Mathur will be the celebrity host for the evening.
"Parents of special-needs children have an unbelievable level of grit and determination as they face daily life issues, and I am honored to be shedding light on some of their challenges at the SKN Foundation Gala," Mathur said.
Chawla is known for her philanthropic work in India, as well.
“Helping people brings more happiness than any material thing," Chawla said. "Sharing is the true path to spiritual growth and happiness.”
This is the second year that Sonalika Ahhuja, president of Beyond Media, will be the event organizer.
“After last year’s resounding success, we find that this year, our focus is very near and dear to all parents’ hearts,” she said. “The outpouring of love and support we are receiving fills me with such gratitude.”
The annual fundraiser supports one of three things important to South Asian families — cancer support and awareness, special-needs support, or diabetes awareness and support, Ahhuja said.
“We rotate themes every year. This year’s gala benefiting special-needs kids will help provide special-needs children and their families education, support and socialization,” she said. “Last year, our event was sold out, and we hope to sell out this year, too. Ticket sales have been good, but we are still taking sponsors.”
Tickets start at $175. There will be a red carpet, cocktail hour, dinner, an opening dance by special-needs kids, the fashion show with Mitra and a mini question-and-answer panel with special-needs kids’ parents, several speeches and more.Read more at:formal dresses online australia