Fashion Show Delivers Success

Partners In Learning lined up top talent, special-needs models and dozens of local sponsors and volunteers to showcase its annual ‘Just As I Am’ Fashion Show at Trinity Oaks Saturday, September 22, 2018. Proceeds and ongoing donations from the event will go to the Scholarship Fund that assist the families with special needs children with financial support.

Norma Honeycutt, Partners In Learning Executive Director said of this year’s success, “There’s few things better than a fashion show with adorable children!  The event helped raise funds and awareness of the importance of services for young children with special needs.  It was a huge success due to our incredible group of supporters who continue to recognize the needs of young children and their families in our community; we are so grateful for continued support.  The event far exceeded my expectations.  All of the models were precious and seemed to enjoy the limelight.  The event really highlighted the fact that inclusion works and everyone left feeling inspired!”

The ’Just As I Am’ Fashion Show clothing for the children and their moms was provided by Old Navy, Salisbury along with the many community-minded sponsors listed:

Platinum Sponsors: Wells Fargo, Trinity Oaks, Anonymous, Greg and Missie Alcorn, Ryan and Wivianny DeHaas, Novant Health, Celia Jarrett and Salisbury Pediatrics.

Gold Sponsors: Cheerwine, Central Carolina, Stayce Harborth and Hotwire Communications.

Silver Sponsors: Anonymous, Gaines and Nancy Beard, Cannon Health Pharmacy, F&M Bank, Karla Foster, K-Dee Jewelry and Charles and Prudy Taylor.

Bronze Sponsors: Moose Pharmacy, Stewart and Noel Adams, Stewart and Noel Adams, Lyn and Jay Boulter, Christopher and Renee Bradshaw, Davis Group, Michael Hanzlik Edward Jones, Fisher-Greene Insurance, Dr. Fortner, John and Kyna Grubb, Gail Kimbali, Susan King, Sarah and Keith Knight, The Lettered Lily, Susan and Edward Norvell, Libby Post, Salisbury Academy, David Googe Voya Financial Advisors and Dr. Aerik Williams (Allergy Partners).

“We especially want to thank our special guests for attending, Doug Rice, president PRN as our Master of Ceremonies; Will Rodgers, NASCAR Next driver, and Charlotte Motor Speedway for sending along their mascot LugNut and their Toyota pace car to make this day extra special for our students”, commented Amy Vestal, Committee Co-Chair.

The annual fashion show is in memory of an alumni Jacob Usher who passed away in 2015, at the age of seven.



Additional Photos from the Fashion Show can be found here.



A 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization committed to early care, intervention and education, which is long-standing and broad-based. Partners In Learning programs include: inclusive classrooms, wellness programs, specialized services, parent-teacher training programs, and family support groups.

The foundation’s mission is to model the highest quality learning environment that stimulates families and the community to provide optimal growth and development of children. Partners In Learning has two locations in Salisbury, N.C., Catawba College, 2386 Robin Road and Novant, 519 Best Street.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Partners In Learning 704-638-9020 or visit us at: EPARTNERSINLEARNING.ORG