Eighth Annual Zareinu Fashion Show Supports Children with Special Needs

TORONTO, ON – November 16, 2011 – Tonight, at On the Park, some of fashion’s hottest designers joined together to raise awareness and funds to support the students of Zareinu Educational Centre (a unique centre that provides educational and individualized therapies to children with special needs) at the highly anticipated eighth annual Zareinu Fashion Show.

Hosted by the legendary fashion journalist, author, designer and host of CTV’s FASHIONTELEVISION Jeanne Beker, this year’s show featured Zareinu students who strutted down the catwalk in stunning fashions from designers Lil Vogue, Matooka, Devilish Angels and Jaytex by Ben Sherman.

Taking cues from Hollywood’s inspirational messages featured in television shows, films and music that teach people of all ages to embrace our differences and that our disabilities don’t define us, the night celebrated the ways in which Zareinu students define themselves. The Zareinu students walked hand-in-hand with students from across the GTA to show acceptance between typical kids and those with special needs.

“Once again, Zareinu students really touched the audience with their incredible bravery and drive,” said Stacy Markin, event co-chair. “The audience really resonated with the students sharing their passions. These kids are like any other – they have goals, dreams, skills and ambitions, and Zareinu is key in ensuring they live up to their potential.”

Along with children’s wear designers, women’s wear collections also graced the runway with fashions from Danier, Divine Decadence, EDIT by Jeanne Beker, Seventy and Shenkin West.

THE SPONSORS: The Cons Family, The Cola Family, The Rutman Family, The Silver Family, Mrs. Sylvia Gefen, The Serruya Family, CIBC Children’s Foundation, Sydney and Florence Cooper, Stuart and Andrea Hytman and Family, Great Gulf Homes Charitable Foundation, Dr. Jeffrey Lipton, Michael and Libby Goldgrub

SUPPORTERS AND PRODUCT SPONSORS: Dr. and Mrs. Morris Altman, Ayala Raiter Jewelry Couture, The Barter Network, Bernie Zaionz, Beta Solutions, Body and Soul, Fitness, Bounce Entertainment, CanRad Beauty Limited,
Chippy Jewellery Designer, Randy Cohen, Remax, Dairy Treats, Danier, Day Ja View Calendar, Fashion Television, Fusion Canada, Ganz, Hartman’s Fine Kosher Foods
Jaytex, Lifestyles Magazine, Lil Vogue, Lisa Kahn – ZenithOptimedia, Lollicakes
MAC,My Zaidy’s Bakery, The National Post, North American Produce Buyers,
Restless Styles, Rogers No Wires Direct, Promenade Mall, Roots, Rosenzweig & Company, Senior Executive Recruitment, Royal Jewellery, S & F Foods
Salon Daniel, Dr. Steve Samuel, Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery, Shirley Schildkraut
Second Cup, Sobeys, Clark & Hilda, Spector &Co., Sue’s Thornhill Fruit Market Ltd., Sweets from the Earth, Tenecom, Toronto Florist Shop, Tov Li Pizza & Falafel, Town Shoes, Trifunk Media inc., Two Moms Baked Goods, Yogen Fruz, Yogurty’s Froyo, Yunger’s Fine Jewellery, Esther Zeppieri

The Zareinu Educational Centre is a world-renowned treatment centre and school that provides individualized therapies and special education to children with a wide range of physical and developmental challenges.

Zareinu’s outstanding team delivers innovative therapeutic interventions and programs to meet unique needs of children with disabilities, including Cerebral Palsy, Down syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and other neurological and developmental impairments. Programs are available for children from birth to 18 years.
For more information, please visit www.zareinu.org.

For more information contact:
Lisa Wedmann
Impressions Public Relations

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