This inspiring event featured models with disabilities. Here’s how it happened.

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This inspiring event featured models with disabilities. Here’s how it happened.

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The Warren County Board of Developmental Disabilities collaborated with Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries and the Paul Mitchell School to host a Holiday Fashion Show. Pictured front row, from left are: Megan Manuel of the Warren County Board of Developmental Disabilities, models Shelby Dietz and Emily McMahon, and Sharon Hannon of Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries. Back row from Paul Mitchell School are Wallis Doyle, Ashley Gill and Melanie McGregor. CONTRIBUTED

The Warren County Board of Developmental Disabilities recently collaborated with Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries and the Paul Mitchell School to host a holiday fashion show.

Seventeen models served by the WCBDD were the featured stars of the show and modeled fashions selected by Ohio Valley Goodwill’s donation team. A team of students from the Paul Mitchell School volunteered their time to do hair and makeup on all the models.

Megan Manuel, Superintendent for the WCBDD said, “It was a great show! It was so much fun, and everyone looked great! We’re so appreciative of the community collaboration that made this event so successful.”

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Sharon Hannon, Marketing Manager for Goodwill, said, “Our team worked hard for months selecting fashions for each model which would showcase attire that would be appropriate for holiday events. We wanted to make sure that we provided fashion selections that would look great on each and every model in the show.”

Wallis Doyle, Design Tech Leader for Paul Mitchell School, said, “We had an incredible time and were so happy to be part of the event.”

Rhonda Schutte, Community Integration Coordinator for the WCBDD coordinated the event and thanked long-time volunteer Joe Koehl for hosting as Master of Ceremonies.

The Warren County Board of Developmental Disabilities supports more than 1,800 individuals with disabilities and their families through Early Intervention, Adult, Employment, Residential, Therapy, and other support programs.

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