Needs & Deeds: OKC fashion show celebrates 10 years of helping babies with hearing loss – NewsOK.com
The Chi Omega Oklahoma Metropolis Alumnae Affiliation hosted its annual Fashion with a Ardour on Sept. 28 at fashion boutique CK & Co. in Nichols Hills Plaza.
The get together and fashion show, now in its 10th yr, advantages Oklahoma Metropolis-based mostly Hearts for Hearing, which is one of the area's largest suppliers auditory-verbal remedy and cochlear implants.
“It has been very profitable,” mentioned Jane Webb, proprietor of CK & Co. and an alumna of Chi Omega sorority. “We have moved from a house-meet-and-greet to a program and fashion show underneath a tent for 250 to 300 ladies."
Webb co-chaired the occasion with fellow alumnae Cassie Bowen and Cindy Reilley.
The show featured fashions from Webb's boutique that symbolize the brand new fall tendencies, together with navy and classic types, velvet blazers, varsity appears, Chanel-kind jackets, furs, metallics, large cardigans and windowpane plaid, Webb mentioned. Energetic members and Chi Omega alumnae served as fashions.
“Chi Omega began this occasion with Hearts for Hearing, they usually've been such good stewards of their cash,” Webb mentioned. “It has been a very good partnership.”
Kris Hopper, growth director for Hearts of Hearing, agrees.
“It's such a privilege to have such a excessive-finish occasion,” Hopper mentioned. “Jane has been engaged all alongside. She graciously stepped up and mentioned let's simply host this at my retailer. She has completed an outstanding job. They go to loads of hassle, and it is actually worthwhile. We could not do that with out them.”
Hopper mentioned proceeds from the Sept. 28 occasion reached a report excessive. Within the 10 years that the group has hosted Fashion for a Ardour, almost $500,000 has been raised for Hearts for Hearing.
“We offer the primary set of hearing aids with each newly identified child throughout the state. As a result of of the visibility and the notice, referrals for newly identified babies has been growing over the past 12 months,” Hopper mentioned. “It helps to alleviate some of our stresses in ensuring we will present for each household. We have by no means turned anybody away.”
Hopper mentioned the profit of Fashion for a Ardour is about fundraising, but it surely's additionally about creating consciousness.
“It offers us the chance to share child born with hearing loss can study to speak,” she mentioned.
The sooner Hearts for Hearing audiologists can start working with babies with hearing loss, the higher the end result is mission to be,” Hopper mentioned.
“If hearing loss is confirmed, we are going to speak to oldsters in regards to the choices out there. In the event that they select (to show their child) listening and spoken language abilities, that may occur as early as three weeks. We give attention to getting it early and training them to show their child to hear and speak,” Hopper mentioned. “Over 90 p.c of mother and father with babies with hearing loss are born to hearing mother and father with no historical past (of hearing loss). It is a large shock ... We notice that these households are confronted with the medical prices of having simply had a child, so we tackle the additional value.”
Along with testing and offering the child's first hearing aids, Hearts for Hearing additionally offers new ear molds each week or two to suit the child's rising ears.
“That is a really costly element,” Hopper mentioned.
Hearts for Hearing works with extra than simply babies. Its audiologists additionally deal with older youngsters and the group not too long ago established an grownup clinic.
For extra details about Hearts for Hearing, go to heartsforhearing.org.