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With a 17-year history, a local organization is hosting their first major fundraising event. See how they’ve helped hundreds of local children and their families and how you can attend their New York-style fashion show fundraiser this week!

Ohio Valley Voices is hosting its Fashion with a Passion event this Thursday, November 3.
Ohio Valley Voices is hosting its Fashion with a Passion event this Thursday, November 3.
Cincy Chic: What is Ohio Valley Voices?
Jackie Estes, Director of Ohio Valley Voices: Ohio Valley Voices is a unique school for families of young children living with deafness. Through extensive and specialized early intervention, coupled with cochlear implants and hearing aids, Ohio Valley Voices teaches our young students to talk and hear. Our current census includes 50 students ranging in ages from 6 weeks to 8 years from several counties located in the Southwest Ohio region. 
Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind Ohio Valley Voices?
Estes: Ohio Valley Voices (OVV) teaches deaf children to listen and talk. Our objective is for children with severe hearing loss to reach their fullest potential and to communicate independently forever. OVV envisions a world where deaf children and adults are not set apart due to an inability to communicate effectively with hearing people. We imagine a world where all people, regardless of their ability to hear, have the same opportunities to learn, to experience, and to choose according to individual will and potential. Our overall goal includes to graduate 100% of students using oral communication as their primary means of communication and to graduate 100% of students reading at their greatest potential and achieving academic success in the hearing world. To accomplish this, we strive to meet the basic objectives of beginning oral language development as soon as the children’s deafness is diagnosed and to provide the tools necessary for parents and other family members to become their child’s advocate and coach.
Cincy Chic: Who’s behind OVV and how long have you been serving the deaf community in Cincinnati?
Estes: Ohio Valley Voices was formed in 1999 by three families who wanted their young deaf children tos peak. There were no local organizations that taught children with hearing loss to listen and talk. The founders recruited Maria Sentelik, MS, and began to raise funds to start an oral deaf education program for the Tri-State region. A program based on the award-winning curriculum of the Moog Center for Deaf Education in St. Lous, Missouri, was instituted and OVV opened its doors for the first time to serve children with hearing loss and their families. The program expanded rapidly and has grown to be one of the leading oral deaf education programs in the country. In OVV’s 17 year history, we are proud to say that we have served over 500 deaf children living with hearing loss and their parents through our early intervention therapy services. OVV is even more proud to report 135 children have graduated from our programs and are thriving in their schools, side-by-side with their hearing-age peers. 
Cincy Chic: Can you tell us more about the upcoming Fashion Show Dinner & Boutique event?
Estes: The Fashion Show Dinner & Boutique is our first annual event. We’ll be doing a New York-style runway theme for the event on November 3. The boutique will open at 5:00 p.m. with 20 unique vendors participating from the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area. The dinner will be by the bite and the fashion show will begin at 8:00 p.m. with fashion from Macy’s and Donna Salyers Fabulous Furs. We will have wonderful silent auction items.
Cincy Chic: What inspired this new fashion show?
Estes: The inspiration behind the Fashion Show Dinner & Boutique is to raise awareness of the school and to help with extra funding for OVV as they work so hard to educate children and help deaf children learn to speak. There are 25 committee members who have worked on this event for almost a year, all of whom have bonded and are happy to have developed friendships while working together. Proceeds from the event will benefit OVV as well as the lives we impact throughout this school year.
Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more or purchase their tickets?
Estes: Readers can RSVP by clicking here

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Learn about the upcoming event that's one of the biggest fashion shows in the region with 1,500 people, a 92-foot catwalk and more than 350 individual designs.

Laurie Wilson, University of Cincinnati adjunct professor, with DAAP students.

The annually sold-out DAAPfashion show is aiming to top past shows this year with high-caliber fashion, a 92-foot catwalk and creative lighting and design from CCM.

13 product development seniors, and 36 fashion design seniors have worked tirelessly over the past months to create stunning collections to present to the Cincinnati area on April 29th. This fashion show features over 350 unique designs from students in the DAAP program.

DAAPfashion is “highly regarded as the top fashion event in the region even for the sheer magnitude of it: 1500 people, a 92-foot catwalk, 40 models, incredible lighting and an LA DJ,” says Laurie Wilson, University of Cincinnati adjunct professor. “The university sees it as a key annual event for the public to learn about our Fashion Design program, our college and the university as a whole.”

“Last year we honored the 10-year sponsorship we have with Macy’s, which is so important to the ability for us to be able to showcase our students’ work in the caliber it deserves,” Wilson says.

This 2016 fashion show will celebrate the 65th year of DAAPfashion, and the university is thrilled with the continued success that is unfortunately marked with a hint of sadness this year. “This show is dedicated to the memory of Hanna Hall, who was the Program Coordinator for Fashion Design and passed away very unexpectedly at the first of this semester,” Wilson says. “Each of the students has put a tag in their looks that says: For Hanna: Love & Details.”

The DAAPfashion show will have the underlying theme of “process” for the show that works to highlight the process of design growth and how the students develop their craft. The students are given large amounts of artistic freedom for their individual collections.

“The capstone projects featured by the seniors are begun in concept during the summer prior to their fall semester, then they do their final co-op semester in the fall, Wilson says. “They return to school in January and begin construction of their thesis.”

For the 2016 DAAPfashion show, the seniors’ collections will range from childrenswear, menswear, performance active wear, bridal lingerie, hand-knit sweaters, modern separates, creative costuming and even laser-cut leather.

“This show is truly one of the most interesting and well-constructed group of collections we have ever had the opportunity to put on our stage,” Wilson says. “This is the 18th DAAP Show I have produced, and I have to tell you that this really is an extraordinary show this year.”

Adding to the importance of this fashion show, DAAPfashion can fast-track students’ careers or grab attention from attendants of the show. “We have often heard of seniors who are contacted by professionals after the show for job opportunities,” Wilson says.

“Talented lighting and stage designers from CCM will set our stage again this year with incredible lighting and the new element of LCD panels on stage to augment the audience experience. And, of course, DJ Ruckus Roboticus will be with us again from Los Angeles to mix the show live.”

“The hundreds of designers that have come through this program have created such a legacy,” Wilson says. “Future industry professionals begin their careers on this runway. We have had two recent grads go to Project Runway AllStars! Asha Ama Daniels, will speak to our Reality Rehearsal Experience audience on Thursday, April 28th at our public show rehearsal. This is a great place for high school students to see how a show is put together, and then come back to see the final finished product on Friday night.”

Tickets are on sale, but quantities are very limited. The show sells out every year, so visit or call 513.451.6191 to purchase tickets.


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A local boutique and photography company are teaming up to produce a fashion show that benefits Pancreatic Cancer awareness. See how they’re working to change the future of the disease, one stylish look at a time.

Dresses from the Pink Tulip Club
Dresses from the Pink Tulip Club

Marla Lisman from Big Shots Photography and the team at the Pink Tulip Club are joining forces to bring a fun night out filled with fashion, food and fundraising for a great cause. The Pancreatic Cancer Benefit Fashion Show will be held at the Pink Tulip Club’s location in Hyde Park on Wednesday, November 4 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

“All of the ticket sales will go to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network,” says Lisman. “Pancreatic cancer is currently the fourth leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States and is anticipated to become the second leading cause by 2020.”

This year, approximately 49,000 Americans will be given a pancreatic cancer diagnosis and as many as 40,000 will die from the disease. The high mortality rate is due to there being no early detection tools and few effective treatment options.

The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is doing what they can to help change the future course of the disease.

The $5 ticket to the event includes food, beverages and a look at the latest trends in fall fashion in addition to plenty of education on pancreatic cancer. “We will have a survivor speak about her experience as well as having resources for people to learn more about this devastating cancer,” adds Lisman.

Additionally, November in Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month and the awareness color is purple, so Lisman says event attendees are encouraged to wear purple.

Pink Tulip Club Hyde Park is located at 2651 Observatory Ave. To purchase tickets for the event or learn more, click here. Lisman says tickets can also be purchased by visiting the Pink Tulip Club’s stores in both Montgomery and Hyde Park.

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Fashion while benefitting a great cause – can you think of a better way to spend a Monday night? See how a local salon is taking the fight against breast cancer to the runway.

The runway at last year's Breast Cancer Awareness Fundraiser, hosted by Valenti Salon
The runway at last year’s Breast Cancer Awareness Fundraiser, hosted by Valenti Salon

Dealing with sickness or significant loss can be one of the most difficult times in a person’s life. Vanessa Pilger, Marketing Manager at Valenti Salon, knows this first-hand.

“I lost my dad to chronic lung disease two days before Christmas back in 2011 and I was only 29 years old,” says Pilger. “He was my cheerleader in life and always told me I could do anything I put my mind to. Watching his health get worse and knowing there was nothing I could do to fix it was a heartbreaking experience.”

Having worked for Valenti Salon & Spa for 12 years, Pilger has found more than just a place to work, but a family as well. “The owners of Valenti, Vince and Anna Fischer, lost their mom years ago to breast cancer. Having lost a parent certainly puts that experience into a new perspective,” she says. “I had this idea to raise money for such an important cause while also honoring those directly affected by it.”

Today, Pilger’s idea has now become a reality. “It’s something that I hold very close and dear to my heart,” she says. “To be able to raise money and find a cure for a disease that takes so many ‘parents’ away from their children is something I can smile about. Working in a business with primarily women, we have seen so many clients directly affected by breast cancer.”

Thus far, Valenti Salon has been able to raise $11,000 and Pilger hopes to keep that number growing. “We honored over 100 survivors last year – and giving them a night to remember while showing off the skills of our talented stylists is what the night is really all about,” she says. “My personal goals for the event are to continue raising more and more money for these two, GREAT foundations, and to grow the audience of survivors we honor.”

This year’s event will be held on Monday October 19th at 7:00 p.m. at the Newport Syndicate. “It has a theme every year and this year its “The World of Beauty” showcasing what beauty looks like in different cities around the world,” says Pilger. “Proceeds will benefit The Karen Wellington Foundation and American Cancer Society Making Strides.”

“By adding The Karen Wellington Foundation to the fundraiser last year and getting to meet her family and friends, it made everything that much more special,” Pilger continues. “I have also visited and participated in some of the local programs that the Making Strides campaign offers, and seeing how much better these women feel after receiving their free wig as well as all of the research that is being done here locally keeps it here in Cincinnati.”

The event is just for a few hours and includes a cash bar, hors d’oeuvres, silent auction, split the pot, Survivor Tribute with slideshow and a song written just for them (available on iTunes), and the hair and fashion show. Tickets are $25 pre-sale and $35 at the door, or you can reserve a table of 10 for $250, which gets preferred seating near the stage.

“My favorite part about the evening is by far the Survivor Tribute,” says Pilger. Some of them have been survivors for many years and some are currently undergoing treatment – so honoring them to remind them how strong they truly are is always touching. We seat the survivors together (if they wish) and it’s neat to see the relationships that form, and hopefully, further support for the future.”

If you’re a survivor or you want to honor someone else that is a survivor or someone you have lost, contact Pilger directly at with the persons name and photograph. “We want to honor as many survivors as possible – and they receive a free ticket of course – so it’s open to the public,” she says.

For tickets to this year’s fundraiser, call or stop into Valenti Salon. Pilger says there will be an online ticket version up and running within the next few days, and to stay tuned to their Facebook page for the link.