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  • Published: 2011-02-08 : Author: Little City Foundation
  • Synopsis: Little City to host fashion show benefit featuring latest 2011 trends from Neiman Marcus at Chicago Hilton Friday March 4.

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Little City Foundation Partners with Neiman Marcus and Others to Support Children and Adults with Autism in Chicago - Little City to host fashion show benefit featuring latest 2011 trends from Neiman Marcus at Chicago Hilton Friday, March 4.

Little City Foundation in partnership with Michigan Ave. Magazine, Neiman Marcus, Ford Models, and ZZAZZ Productions will host a "Runway Exclusive," a fashion show benefit serving hundreds of Chicago's most vulnerable citizens - children and adults with autism and other intellectual and developmental disabilities. The event takes place Friday, March 4, 2011, at the Chicago Hilton at 720 S. Michigan Avenue.

"We're so grateful to the fashion leaders of Chicago such as Neiman Marcus and Michigan Ave. Magazine for their gracious support of our mission in serving the most vulnerable among us," commented Little City Executive Director Shawn E. Jeffers. "This premier fashion show benefit will surely aid our children and adults."

This year, Neiman Marcus will unveil Spring/Summer 2011 collections starring Ford models on the Little City runway. Hundreds of people from Chicago's most fashion-forward community will enjoy the fashion presentation while raising funds and awareness for children and adults at Little City Foundation.

Some designers include: Diane Von Furstenberg, Kate Spade, Elie Tahari, Tory Burch, Nanette Lepore, St. John and Milly.

A trunk show will also take place showcasing handcrafted textiles, accessories, ceramics, jewelry and artwork created by the award-winning artists at Little City's Center for the Arts - truly illustrating how creativity has no disability.

The event will include cocktails and networking, a sit-down, plated dinner, raffle giveaways and will conclude on the runway showcasing highly-coveted clothing lines from top designers.

Individual registration for the Fashion Show dinner is $175 dollars ($95 dollars is tax deductible), which includes a cocktail reception, three-course dinner and seating for the fashion show.

To register, visit

To support individuals with autism and other intellectual and developmental disabilities, visit


About Little City Foundation - For more than 50 years, Little City Foundation has developed innovative and personalized programs to fully assist and empower children and adults with autism and other intellectual and developmental disabilities. With a commitment to attaining a greater quality of life for Illinois' most vulnerable citizens, Little City actively promotes choice, person-centered planning and a holistic approach to health and wellness. Little City's ChildBridge services include in-home personal and family supports, clinical and behavior intervention, 24/7 residential services and special needs foster care and adoption. Little City's LifePath Adult Services offers a variety of residential options, employment opportunities, home-based services, case management, day supports, Special Olympics, an award-winning Center for the Arts and more. The organization has a 56-acre campus in Palatine and offices in Chicago. Visit

About Neiman Marcus - For over a century, The Neiman Marcus Group has stayed focused on serving the unique needs of the luxury market. Today, that commitment is stronger than ever. We have stayed true to the principles of our founders - to be recognized as the premier luxury retailer dedicated to providing our customers with distinctive merchandise and superior service. The Neiman Marcus Group is comprised of the Specialty Retail Stores division - which includes Neiman Marcus Stores and Bergdorf Goodman - and the Direct Marketing division, Neiman Marcus Direct. These renowned retailers offer upscale assortments of apparel, accessories, jewelry, beauty and decorative home products to the affluent consumer. The Company operates 41 Neiman Marcus Stores across the United States and two Bergdorf Goodman stores in Manhattan. The Company also operates thirty Last Call clearance centers. These store operations total more than 6 million gross square feet. Neiman Marcus Direct, our direct-to-consumer business, conducts both print catalog and online operations under the Neiman Marcus, Horchow and Bergdorf Goodman brand names. Under the Neiman Marcus brand, Neiman Marcus Direct primarily offers women's apparel, accessories and home furnishings. Horchow offers quality home furnishings, linens, decorative accessories and tabletop items.

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