A Summer Filled With Hope continues to make dreams happen for Latino students

Gift of Hope Organ and Tissue Donor Network united the Hispanic community in Chicago by hosting its third annual A Summer Filled with Hope fashion show, in support of higher education for Latino students. The event was held on Saturday, July 11 in order to raise funds in benefit of Scholarships for Hope. The initiative was founded by Gift of Hope in 2013; which is aimed at providing financial support to students seeking a better future. 

Evelyn Amador, Eva by Evelyn Swimwear Founder and Yenia Herrera, Founder of Chicago Latino TV collaborated with Gift of Hope once again this year, to produce the much anticipated fashion show. The event counted with the support and generosity of the business, arts, and restaurant industries in Chicago.

“Year after year we are truly amazed at the number of people and organizations that want to join us on our mission to help secure a better future for our community,” said Raiza Mendoza, Manager of Hispanic Affairs for Gift of Hope. “We are proud to see the impact which Scholarships for Hope continues to have on our youth, and that motivates us to continue with our efforts.”

Over 300 people from the Latino community in Chicago were present at the National Museum of Mexican Art in Pilsen, where funds were raised for more than 30 scholarships. Models from Latin America, as well as from other countries, and Chicago residents donated their time and talent for the exclusive fashion show. The occasion featured 2015 summer swimwear designed by Evelyn Amador, who was inspired by today’s woman. “I felt compelled to represent real-everyday women in the fashion line, not models or the ones we have seen in magazines,” stated Evelyn.

In order to continue with its mission to save and enhance the lives of as many people as possible and be a part of everything good for the Latino Community, Gift of Hope announced their sponsorship of Edna Jackeline Vazquez, Ultramarathon Latina pioneer, in the upcoming marathon in Namibia, Africa. Vazquez has participated in marathons at the international level in Mexico, Belgium, Chile and China. “It is an honor to run representing Gift of Hope at the upcoming ultra marathon at the Namibia Dessert in Africa on May 2016. The importance of helping save lives through organ and tissue donation will be the message that will give me strength to continue and help build a better world,” said Vazquez.

Gift of Hope recognizes the importance of supporting the dreams of our youth who need help in opening doors in order to forge a better future. It is an honor to consistently be able to count on the generosity of the community, Evelyn Amador, Yenia Herrera, Hispanic media and all of those that are able to contribute to the success of making A Summer Filled with Hope fun and memorable. Gift of Hope will continue to partner with all of those ready to help strengthen our communities, save and enhance lives through organ and tissue donation.

About Gift of Hope
Gift of Hope Organ and Tissue Donor Network is a nonprofit organization that coordinates donation of organs and tissues with 180 hospitals in Illinois and northeast Indiana. Since its inception in 1987, Gift of Hope has coordinated donations that have saved the lives of more than 20,000 organ transplant beneficiaries, and bettering the lives of hundreds of thousands of recipients of tissue transplants. For more information: www.giftofhope.org/espanol or call: 877-577-3747.

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