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Grant A Gift for Autism Celebrated it's 7th Annual “Fashion for Autism” Fundraiser with a Stylish Soiree on November 5 at Aria Resort & Casino.

Featuring fashion by DVF (Diane von Furstenberg), the annual fashion event celebrated community members leading the fight against autism.

“Bringing a Solution Into Focus” is based on Grant a Gift Autism Foundation’s new partnership with the UNLV School of Medicine, creating a state-of-the-art facility, aimed at finding the new standard for autism diagnosis, research, programming and education in Nevada and the West Coast. Both organizations have joined forces to open the UNLV Medicine Ackerman Center for Autism and Neurodevelopment Solutions. The new center combines cutting-edge diagnostics, treatment, behavioral/vocational training, support programs, and education for infants to young adults.

Attendees of Fashion for Autism sipped on champagne while bidding on lavish and luxurious items at an exclusive silent auction beginning at 6 p.m. Following the reception, Kim and Dana Wagner from KSNV News 3, hosted the live fashion show sponsored by DVF. Guests also enjoyed an incredible live auction followed by the awards ceremony honoring two outstanding community leaders who have worked tirelessly to ensure that families dealing with autism receive the help and support needed.

Gaudin Motor Company’s Gary Ackerman was honored with the Ambassador for Autism Award and Len Jessup, President of UNLV, received the Autism Advocate Award. Former Grant a Gift program client Luke Kecman along with Megan Rose Crandy were both awarded the Self-Advocate Community Achievement Award, for making significant accomplishments within the community.


Little Black Dress Event

The Las Vegas Fashion Council hosted its 3rd Annual Little Black Dress Event on November 17 at Saks Fifth Avenue inside Fashion Show, that featured a Saks Fifth Avenue Fashion Show, along with a Little Black Dress design competition by students from the Art Institute.

The student of the best black dress design received $500 grant toward their education. The event included a raffle, live entertainment, a selection of food and beverage and swag bags for the first 100 guests.

This year’s event benefited the Las Vegas Fashion Council and Friends of Shade Tree.

About The LVFC:
A passion for fashion, philanthropy and community
The Las Vegas Fashion Council is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization whose membership consists of fashion professionals, students, emerging artists, community leaders, philanthropists and organizations that have a desire to diversify and expand the Las Vegas economy through the efforts of the fashion industry.
Vision: Las Vegas is an established leader in the global fashion industry
Mission: To advance the Las Vegas fashion industry and expand the economy by cultivating relationships between fashion professionals, students, emerging artists, community leaders and organizations.
Purpose and Objectives:
Diversify the Las Vegas economy through the fashion industry
Further the position of the Las Vegas Fashion industry to an internationally recognized level
Build and expand fashion manufacturing as part of the Las Vegas fashion industry
Bring in a nationally recognized educational branch of the fashion industry
Be the source for exposure and support for our members and businesses within the fashion industry through a series of events, presentations, award ceremonies, networking events and educational presentations
Create initiatives that raise awareness and funds to support students and emerging artists in the fashion industry
Inform consumers and industry leaders about the cultural and economic importance of a strong fashion industry within Las Vegas
Promote and improve public understanding and appreciation of the Fashion arts as a recognized branch of art and culture
Be the portal of information, resources and connections within the fashion industry
Generate funds and accept corporate and private contributions for charitable and philanthropic initiatives and industry activities
Garner support from local, state and national government agencies, philanthropists and community leaders


About the Shade Tree:
Helping Women, Children and Pets
To provide safe shelter to homeless and abused women and children in crisis and to offer life-changing services promoting stability, dignity, and self-reliance And we accomplish this by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of community partners and donors. Self-reliance for every woman and child! That no one should ever have to endure a state of homelessness, existing in fear for personal safety and without the means to meet even the most basic of human needs – food and shelter. That every human being, regardless of social status, has the right to be treated with dignity and respect. That all homeless children are victims because they lack choice and mobility. That homelessness is a community problem that impacts everyone. That everyone can be a part of the solution.