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Sophia Forero Jewelry Show to Benefit People with Visual Impairments- 20% of All Proceeds from the Evening Go to The Chicago Lighthouse


Thursday, June 16, 2011 from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Chicago, IL, May 27, 2011 --(PR.com)-- Chicago’s most fashionable philanthropists are collaborating with jewelry designer Sophia Forero for "See What Sparkles," an evening of fabulous jewels on sale to benefit The Chicago Lighthouse. "See What Sparkles" will be held at Chicago Lighthouse’s facility at 1850 West Roosevelt Road, on Thursday, June 16, from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

There is no entrance fee for the event, just one or more items of new and gently used fine designer, vintage and couture clothing or accessories. Fashion donations will benefit Flair, the Lighthouse’s two day sale at The Peninsula Chicago, Sept. 24-25.

To build support of fashion philanthropy, Forero and the Lighthouse are inviting the community into the agency to tour the impressive building, which houses over two dozen programs and services for people who are blind or visually impaired. Guests will enjoy an evening of hors d’oeuvres, libations and jewelry while exploring one of the most comprehensive social service agencies in the nation.

To become a supporter of Flair, the Lighthouse is inviting the community to host or attend an acquisition event; donate their gently used clothing and accessories by scheduling a pick-up or dropping off at the Lighthouse; and help spread the word about Flair.

To learn more about Flair and the Chicago Lighthouse, contact Chelsea Horrigan at 312-666-1331 ext. 3552 or e-mail Chelsea.horrigan@chicagolighthouse.org.

About Sophia Forero:

Outreach has been a priority to Forero, who, upon earning her Master's Degree at University of Chicago, enrolled in the US Peace Corps, where she taught and traveled throughout Eastern Europe. Forero speaks seven languages and has traveled all over the world, gathering elements to create distinct designs that offer an innovative approach to adornment. "Whether to express empathy in the face of tragedy, or to bolster the human spirit, I seek to make jewels that adorn and make a women feel beautiful, and to give back through my designs," says Forero.

Sophia Forero's jewelry collection was inspired by Forero's love of history and wide experience of international cultures. The collection has been sold in more than 300 fine boutiques and specialty stores throughout the US, Canada, and Europe, including Macy's, Bloomingdale's, and Oilily. The jewelry has also been worn by actresses Sarah Jessica Parker, Vivica Fox, and Nia Vardalos. They have also appeared in feature films such as "Shopgirl," and have been worn by anchorwomen at CNN and Chicago's WLS, NBC, and WGN TV. See www.sophiaforero.com for more information.

About The Chicago Lighthouse:

The Chicago Lighthouse, whose credo is “Because there is still hope,” was founded in 1906, and is one of the nation’s most comprehensive social service agencies. Housed under its roof are the oldest and most prominent vision care and rehabilitation program in the U.S.; a nationally acclaimed school for children with multi-disabilities; a world class employment services program; one of the few remaining clock manufacturing facilities in America; a VA program serving veterans in all 50 states; and a radio station.

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Contact Information
Chicago Lighthouse for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired
Dominic Calabrese
312-997-3662
Contact
chicagolighthouse.org
Chelsea Horrigan
Chelsea.Horrigan@chicagolighthouse.org
312-666-1331 ext. 3552

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