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Millennials Raise Funds For Charity

Monday, February 27, 2017 Cindy Flores

Over the past several years, students from The Illinois Institute of Art- Schaumburg have hosted their annual fashion show in efforts to raise funds for charity. The students work throughout the quarter to create an aesthetically pleasing and entertaining experience for all attendees. Students plan and make all the decisions from choosing the theme, the staging, the models, the hair and makeup for models, the styling of garments, managing the budgets, and promoting the event through different medias.

This year's theme focuses on the changes seen worldwide which is why the show is titled A.R.T. The name stands for Ascend, Rise, Transcend and they are words that represent the strength the millennial generation along with other generations have had to overcome the recent changes within the country and worldwide.. The overall theme for this fashion show production is adaptation, and it is also an opportunity for the students represent their generation. A.R.T 2017 will also focus on the progression in fashion and how much the industry has changed with the use of reinvention, sustainability, and innovation.

All of the proceeds from the fashion show production will go to the charity organization, Hesed House.Hesed House is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit local organization that focuses on providing shelter for the homeless, feeding the hungry, and addressing other issues such as substance abuse and mental health issues. In the last three decades, Hesed House has evolved and progressed resulting in many success stories. In just one year, Hesed House Successfully addressed 1684 medical issues, 96 substance abuse issues, and obtained housing for 405 people. Their vision is to end homeless one person or family at a time.

The Illinois Institute of Art- Schaumburg has hosted its annual fashion show over the past several years benefiting several different local charities. The past four shows have have varied in themes, but they all had one thing in common. They always focused on making an impact on the surrounding community. The fashion show in 2013 was titled Awakening Beauty benefiting Women at Risk (WAR), the 2014 show was titled Prism benefiting Salute Inc, 2015 was titled Exposed benefiting 360 Youth Services, and last year’s fashion show was titled Transform benefiting the Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans, Inc. The Fashion Production class typically raises thousands of dollars for their chosen charity.

This year, the event will take place on Thursday March 9th, 2017 from 7pm-9pm at the Renaissance Convention Center, located at 1551 Thoreau Dr N, Schaumburg, IL 60173. Tickets will be sold online, at the door, and at the Art Institute’s Schaumburg campus. Doors will open at 7:30pm for the general public and the show will begin at 8pm. The show will encompass the theme of A.R.T and attendees will get the chance to experience a student run fashion show with original ILIS student designs. There will also be live music, giveaways, a silent auction, and an art gallery showcasing exclusive ILIS student and faculty work.

To learn more about the Illinois Institute of Art- Schaumburg student run fashion show or to buy tickets, visit their website The event has been to known to reach audiences as big as 1500 attendees each year and the number of attendees has been steadily growing. You can also purchase tickets @Eventbrite/Art-Fashion-Show.

The students' efforts to raise money for charity is a cause worth fighting for. If you would like to contribute to this amazing cause, visit their Go Fund Me page @ . As a reminder, all proceeds from the show will be donated to Hesed House.

Below are some pictures from last year's fashion show. Enjoy!

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