St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center Presents 35th Annual Haute With Heart Fashion Show

The August 18 event will be produced by Leonard Simpson’s Fashion Forward ™ and benefit St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center programs

Online PR News – 17-July-2012 – San Diego, CA – Summer is upon us, and that means it’s time to “Let the Sunshine In” for San Diegans across the county. St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center, the non-denominational center for nearly 400 adults with developmental disabilities, is hosting its 35th annual fundraiser, Haute With Heart Fashion Show/Luncheon, on August 18, 2012 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront.

With an expected attendance of 700, the 2012 Haute With Heart runway fashion show will feature a brand new location with plenty of parking, local designers and boutique vendors, a live and silent auction, and complimentary champagne. Modeling on the runway will be St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center’s students and community leaders, as well as professional and celebrity models.

“Each year this event gets better and better. Our goal is to raise a record $150,000 for our much needed programs and services,” said Debra Turner Emerson, Executive Director of St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center. “We are extremely grateful to our supporters and sponsors for making this year’s event possible.”

This year, for the first time, guests will be able to place their bids for the silent auction with personal handheld devices. This will be the one of the first fashion shows in the region to use the new devices.

Sally B. Thornton will return as the Honorary Chair and special honorees include Raffaella and John Belanich as well as St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center Auxiliary.

In addition to the fashion show, vendors and auctions, the Haute With Heart event will feature music and dance performances from St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center’s student performers, the SMSC Singers and Ringers and dance troop.

Producing the fundraiser fashion show, T.V. personality and creator of Fashion Forward™, an internationally known fashion production company, Leonard G. Simpson introduced the theme, Let the Sunshine In for the 35th annual show.

VIP tickets this year include valet parking and premium seating. For ticket information, contact Jeff Redondo at or at (619) 442-5129 ext. 115.

Haute With Heart sponsors include Viejas, Barona Resort and Casino, Sycuan Casino, La Jolla Light, Hilton San Diego Bayfront and St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center Auxiliary.

For more information about the 35th annual Haute With Heart Fashion Show, visit

Event details:

What: 35th annual Haute With Heart Fashion Show Fundraiser, produced by Leonard Simpson, benefitting St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center programs

When: Saturday, August 18, 2012
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Where: Hilton San Diego Bayfront
1 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101

Cost: VIP Runway seating: $185 (seating limited)
Standard seating, $90

About St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center

St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center (SMSC) is a non-denominational program helping nearly 400 people with developmental disabilities, their families and communities, discover, explore, and nurture their full potential. Located in El Cajon, California, 20 miles east of Downtown San Diego, the organization provides service to the greater San Diego communities.

SMSC offers progressive programs and services with a teacher-to-student ratio ranging from 1:3 to 1:8, including Work Activity and Supported Employment; Behavior Modification; Computer Lab; Organic Garden & Worm Farm; Culinary Arts; Aquatics; Aerobics, Fitness, Yoga and Dance; Sophie’s Gallery Art Program (the first program of its kind in the region that has three sites: SMSC’s main campus; Downtown El Cajon; and NTC Point Loma); Music Therapy; Reading; Speech Therapy/Sign Language; and a Senior Program for students age 50+ (the first program of its kind in the region). SMSC also operates its own fleet of 30 para-transit vans and buses to and from SMSC each day, to work sites and on field trips.

For more information on St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center, visit

About Leonard Simpson
As the creator of Fashion Forward™, an internationally known fashion production company, Simpson is a premier producer of fashion shows and other high-profile entertainment projects worldwide. Simpson has also designed an award-winning jewelry line carried at Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue, and is the youngest person to ever win the Lifetime Achievement Award in fashion.