Special Needs Fashion Show

Be a Sponsor Partner for our Virtual 4th Annual Partners In Learning Fashion Show “Just As I Am”

Ways to Give
Mail a check to: Partners In Learning
Just As I Am Fashion Show, 2386 Robin Road, Salisbury, NC 28144

or contact Amy Vestal @ amy@epartnersinlearning.org

To have your donation matched make your check payable to: Friends of Rowan c/o Partners In Learning
P.O. Box 262, Salisbury, NC 28145

The annual Special Needs Fashion Show, Just As I Am, is held in memory of Jacob Usher, an alumni student with Down Syndrome who passed away due to congenital heart defect at the age of seven. The event provides families with children with special needs the opportunity to strut across the runway, celebrating what makes them special. It provides community awareness about developmental disorders, as well as the need to serve those families in our community.

Partners In Learning provides center, home, and community programs to families in and around Rowan County. Through our inclusive center based early education program, we serve over 80 students with special needs or behavioral concerns. This equates to 30% of our enrollment. In addition to the center-based families we serve, we provide family education and support services to over 250 families in Rowan County. It is our mission to provide these critical services at as little, or no cost, as possible.

Please join us in supporting these children and families by making a donation to our Special Needs Fashion Show, “Just As I Am”. Keep your eye out for when tickets go on sale! Seats are limited and we sell out every year!


Featuring Musical Guest Steve Stringer

Steve Stringer has entertained audiences with his piano playing and voice for over 20 years. He has played in professional touring bands all over the east coast. As A graduate of both Catawba College and the University of North Carolina Greensboro, he has earned degrees in music performance. Though originally a Philadelphia native, he now resides permanently in North Carolina and continues to connect with his local community. Steve and his wife, Erin, are eternally grateful for the love and lessons they have shared with their son, Ryan (who just graduated!). Steve is very excited to be able to show his gratitude by lending a hand at this year’s PIL fashion show.






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Event Sponsor


In Memory of Shirley Ritchie




Greg and Missie Alcorn

Celia and Steve Jarrett



Bill and Shari Graham

Dennis and Cathy Ingold




Dr. and Mr. Boulter

Susan and John Muth

Allison and Mark Doby

Libby and Jon Post

Darlene Ball

Diana and Scott Aldridge