Fashion and Passion: 90th annual Rush Fashion Show benefits programs for vets

The Woman’s Board of Rush University Medical Center hosted its 90th Annual Fashion Show benefitting The Road Home Program: The Center for Veterans and their Families at Rush with over 800 attendees at Soldier Field. The longest continually-running charity fashion show in the country, the Rush Show showcased the latest fall looks from retailers and designers including Jil Sander, Ralph Lauren, Oscar de la Renta, Lela Rose, Leslie Hindman Auctioneers (vintage), Space 519, chalk and more.

Following a reception on the second floor of the United Club at Soldier Field, guests moved downstairs to find their seats along the 160-foot runway. The show opened with Blackhawks fan favorite Jim Cornelison singing the National Anthem, with assistance from the Marine Color Guard from the 2/24 Marine unit in North Chicago. Then, more than 120 local men, women and children, some of whom are veterans and many of whom are leaders from Chicago’s corporate, arts, and philanthropic communities, walked the runway.

Notable moments included fashion world favorite designer Adam Lippes taking the stage following a stellar showing of looks from his Fall/Winter collection and the finale featuring an Oscar de la Renta bridal gown and flower girl dresses.

The Show raised an estimated $800,000 and was co-chaired by Anne Tucker, Susan Merlin and Mindy Kelly.  

The Road Home Program at Rush is the Midwest’s only medical center dedicated to serving both veterans and their families by providing specialized mental health care, peer-to-peer outreach, counseling, and the resources they need to transition from military to civilian life. Through a three-year challenge grant, every dollar raised for The Road Home Program will be matched with two additional dollars by the Wounded Warrior Project.

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