Perusing the varied aisles of department stores can be a daunting task—the perfect T-shirt may end up the toaster aisle, and fitting-room lines flood with customers seeking to test four or more toasters. Shop with ease and for a good cause with today's Groupon: for $12, you get one ticket to the Marian Hope Center's Spring Into Hope fundraiser at the Independence Events Center (a $25 value). This Groupon grants access to the fundraiser's priority shopping and VIP charity event on Friday, April 15 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., as well as the shopping extravaganza on Saturday, April 16 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Spring Into Hope's varied merchant booths stocked with winsome fashions give attendees an easy way to upgrade their wardrobes while helping out a good cause. Alongside fashion shows showcasing stylish cloth body armor, attendees can feast their eyes on accessories, home décor, gifts, and more from local vendors such as Bella B’s Boutique, Garment District Boutique, The Yellow Strawberry, and Bliss Boutique. After sheltering stomachs with fine clothing, guests can nurture their bellies with complimentary samples of food and drink from local eateries and then coo tummies to sleep by singing the theme from Hee Haw.
The Marian Hope Center is a nonprofit organization that focuses on enhancing the lives of children with special needs through a series of integrative and nurturing programs.
Spring into Hope
Philanthropy and fashion coalesce at the second annual Spring into Hope fundraiser, which will donate every cent of its proceeds to the Marian Hope Center for Children's Therapy in support of children with autism and special needs. During both days, guests can peruse vendor booths brimming with upscale clothing, accessories, and home décor from some of Kansas City's finest boutiques, before munching complimentary samplings from local restaurants and enjoying a fashion show that refreshingly lacks the alligator-filled moat that traditionally surrounds runways. They can also partake in frequent raffles, shopping sprees, and giveaways throughout the two-day event, as well as attend a health fair with live demonstrations on Saturday.