Good Shepherd hosts fourth fashion show

The Good Shepherd Center, a Hazel Crest-based PAGE-10-2-col-Good-shepAaron Holliday of Homewood models at a past Good Shepherd fashion show. Submitted photo.organization that serves the south suburbs, is on the lookout for adults and children, with and without disabilities for its Fourth Annual Fashion Show and Luncheon.  
The event is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 26 at Gaelic Park, 6119 W. 147th Oak Forest.
The event will feature the latest fashion trends from local children and models as they express themselves through the art of fashion with the help of local retailers. Support the mission of GSC in being a community advocate for children and adults, with and without disabilities, by providing support, service, and education that empower individuals and families to lead exceptional lives.
GSC was founded in 1963 as a school for children with disabilities and their families. The Director of Development, Kristen Bonk says GSC was a pioneer in serving children at that time, as educational/therapy programs were rare for young children in their first critical five years of life.
“Since that time, the agency has evolved into a multi-service agency now serving children and adults with and without disabilities as well as their families.” Bonk said.
Tickets for the Fashion show are $45 for adults and $23 for children 12 and younger. A table of 10 costs $425 and offers priority seating.
Volunteers for the event as well as monetary or gift donations for the silent auction are requested.
To reserve a seat or to volunteer, call Bonk at 708-335-0020 Ext 20 or e-mail her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
One of GSC’s most sought after programs is its In-home Respite Care Program.
“While it’s not an entitlement program, it does provide short-term, intermittent care to persons with developmental disabilities in their natural family, guardian, or foster family home; thereby affording relief to the primary caregiver,” Bonk said.
  The GSC Respite Care Program serves individuals who live in south Suburban Cook and northern Will counties, as well as families that reside in the Chicago neighborhoods of Mt. Greenwood and Beverly. There is no age limit for services, but onset of a disability must be prior to age 18. A client must have a developmental diagnosis of Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Epilepsy, or intellectual disability.
Any eligible family may obtain additional information and/or initiate the enrollment process by contacting Good Shepherd Center’s Respite Care Family Coordinator Mary Ellen McLoughlin at 708-335-0020 Ext. 22 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  
--Submitted by Good Shepherd Center