Less than two years ago, Whitney Mitchell‘s world changed drastically. In November 2010, she became gravely ill with sepsis from an infection and was put on life support with only a 12% chance of survival. To save her life, both arms and legs had to be amputated just below the elbows and knees.
Whitney is now a beautiful, 20-year-old, former college student who had been studying Performance Art. She had always dreamed of being a dancer, now she just wants to walk again. Due to medical financial burdens, Whitney’s family has recently had to move to a duplex that is not wheelchair accessible and does not allow for complete mobility and independence. Daily life has been a struggle. She’s currently facing further amputations of her legs to allow for the proper fitting of prosthetics so that she might walk again.
Whitney could have given up, but her faith and soft spoken strength have become a shining inspiration of hope and courage. Whitney chooses to make her life count and now strives to be an inspiration to others. But Whitney needs our help. Whitney would like to go back to school, have a home that meets her special needs and a vehicle adapted for her handicap. She also needs professional counseling for the emotional low times in her spirit. Her mother is a single mom with two other children, ages 4- and 6-years-old, one with autism.
The “For Whitney” Fashion Show and Fundraiser will take place on Tuesday, September 18, 2012, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at South Side on Lamar. The runway fashion show will feature designers Abi Ferrin, Izavel, Shona and Elizabeth Anyaa, a live musical performance by The Maylee Thomas Band, hors d’ oeuvres stations by Dallas Chef Aldophus Stuart, Luna de Noche, Eddie Deen Catering, So Savvy Events and Lombardi’s Catering, plus cocktails, including Monticello Wines and Heineken, silent auction, raffle and complimentary valet by Metro Parking Services. Presale tickets are $50 general admission and $75 VIP or at the door tickets are $65 general admission and $90 VIP. VIP guests will enjoy an exclusive after party at the NYLO South Side.
LeeAnne Locken, TV personality/host/model/actress will be the Mistress of Ceremonies. La Mode Dallas recognizes Amy Vanderoef from WFAA’s Good Morning Texas as the Honorary Event Chair saluting Amy’s philanthropy and dedication to Dallas’ non-profit and arts community.
WHEN:Tuesday, September 18, 2012 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
South Side on Lamar
Artists Quarter and Janette Kennedy Gallery
1409 South Lamar
Dallas, Texas 75215
Presale: $50 general admission and $75 VIP.
At the door: $65 general admission and $90 VIP.