WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Chamber of Commerce (WOCC) is pleased to announced this week that Livingston resident Mindy Scheier, founder and president of the Runway of Dreams Foundation, will serve as the keynote speaker at its annual Thanksgiving Luncheon on Nov. 22 at noon.
The Runway of Dreams Foundation is a nonprofit that works to broaden the reach of adaptive clothing and promote people with disabilities in fashion through inclusion, empowerment and opportunity. A fashion designer by trade, Scheier spent more than 20 years working in fashion as a key member of the design team for the INC collection and stylist for Saks Fifth Avenue in New York City.
Her career path took a slightly new direction when her son, Oliver, who has a rare form of Muscular Dystrophy, wanted to wear jeans to school like his friends. She soon realized that millions of people around the globe were also struggling to access fashionable clothing that meets their needs.
Scheier envisioned a world where adaptive clothing for people with disabilities was mainstream and developed modifications—including closures, adjustments and alternative ways in and out of the clothing—to meet a wide variety of needs within the differently abled community. After pounding the fashion pavement, Runway of Dreams collaborated with Tommy Hilfiger on the first-ever mainstream adaptive clothing line for kids in spring 2016.
Envisioning a world where adaptive clothing for people with disabilities is mainstream and accessible for all, Scheier continues to break down barriers and challenge industry norms.
Proceeds from the 50/50 drawing at the event will benefit the Runway of Dreams Foundation.
The Thanksgiving Luncheon, jointly sponsored by the WOCC, Lions Club, Rotary Club, and UNICO, will be held at Mayfair Farms in West Orange.
All attendees are encouraged to bring non-perishable foods for the town-wide food drive. Food donations will benefit the Holy Trinity Food Pantry.
Tickets for the Thanksgiving Luncheon cost $40 in advance and $50 at the door. They are available through the WOCC website at www.westorangechamber.com or in-person at the mayor’s office, located at 66 Main Street in West Orange.