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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.

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.

About Little City
Being a leader for 60 years, Little City continues to be inspirational and transformational in developing its 56-acre therapeutic community in Palatine. From a modest beginning of three homes and 16 residents primarily with Down syndrome, Little City has grown into a recognized leader offering a wide array of innovative services to more than 1,000 clients weekly. In addition to the Palatine location, Little City has a Community Services Office in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood, adult service centers in Palatine and Waukegan, and 15 adult community homes and one children’s group home located throughout suburban Cook and DuPage Counties.

Today, Little City’s comprehensive program portfolio includes vocational training and employment placement, foster care and adoption, home-based family support, health and wellness, recreation and therapeutic activities, disability awareness and community education, a day school and an award-winning arts program. Visit www.littlecity.org.


Tina Maraccini, Director of Communications & Marketing
Phone: (847) 221-7855

“Little City uses an affirming message – that it’s a good world, there’s a place for my kids in the world and Little City will help them find it.”

Rachel, mother of children receiving home-based support services