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Enriching the lives of children and their families.

Friends of the Heart

Formerly called Friends of Rainbows United, the Friends of the Heart had their first event in 2003, a book shower that collected nearly 100 books for Rainbows. This group was founded to enrich the lives of the children and families served by Rainbows through volunteerism, friend raising, and fundraising. They foster community support for Rainbows by increasing public awareness through special events and volunteer projects. In 2005 they started the first Fashion Passion event that raised over $16,000.

Since then, Fashion Passion has grown into the biggest fundraising night for Rainbows United and has grown every year thanks to the dedication of the Friends of the Heart. Over the past 10 years, Fashion Passion has generated $1 million for children with special needs and their families. Many of the Friends of Heart members that helped start Fashion Passion are still involved today! Fashion Passion growth of net proceeds:


2006- $64117

2007- $82893

2008- $110,000


2010- $150,000


2012 – $231,000

2013 – $255,000

2014 Goal – $350,000

This year’s fabulous Planning Committee:

Sue Doonan – Silent Auction Chair Jackie Gearhart – Sponsorship Chair Kimberly Joachims – Logistics Chair Val Learned – Fashiontini & Black Label Bar Chair Jo Walters – Big Ideas & Auction

Diesa Bothilette

Pam Fraze                 

Nancy Poggi

Julie Breault                    

Jill Gelina                    

Cindy Rodman

Jenny Campbell            

Phyllis Guinn              

Carol Rohloff

Erin Clopine                    

Brenda Hess                

Shelley Schekall

Diane Cottingham          

Nancy Jabara              

LewJene Schneider

Lorie Cunningham        

Trish Lair                      

Sally Simon

Nina Davis                      

April Lucas                  

Margaret Shook

Sue Dondlinger              

Carol Mercer                

Marilyn Waller

Linda Weir-Enegren    

Penny Moss                  J

Jennifer Wise

Heather Feist                

Debbie Murray

Rainbows' Friends of the Heart, Fashion Passion 11.22.13 (5354) 2013 Friends of the Heart