The Special Education Foundation Women Leaders, an active women’s group committed to helping children and youth with disabilities, hosts an annual Spring Fashion Show and Luncheon.

The 2018 event grossed more than $23,000. Each year, the Women’s Leaders hear presentations from the principals of Special School District schools on how the group could help their schools. In 2017, they gave $10,000 to support school cohesion and social skills for students, arts and cultural experiences, equipment for a sensory room, student activities and an emergency financial assistance fund.

See sponsorship benefits at the bottom of the right-hand column. For more information about sponsorships or the event, please contact Jeanine at 314-394-7030 or email

Thank You to Our 2018 Sponsors
Gold Sponsors
Debbie Bentele
Diane Buhr
Mary Beth Daniels
Kathy Holman
Swink, Smith, Coplen & Company, P.C.

Silver Sponsors
Carol Cary
Cheryl Fromm (to honor Debbie Bentele)
The Sheratons of Westport Plaza
Stephanie Valleroy
Lynn Yaeger (to honor Debbie Bentele)

Bronze Sponsors
Brinkmann Constructors
David Diener and Ann Wells
Susan Ludeman (to honor Debbie Bentele)
Becky Murch
Mary Steinau
Judy Toombs
Jane Vickrey

Abby Keough Custom Creations
handcrafted jewelry

Aly’s Boutique
boutique clothing and gifts

Betty’s Jewelry
high quality fashion jewelry

BK Design
wooden jewelry

Collections by Joya
artisan crafted jewelry and accessories

clothing, purses, and seasonal goods

Gina’s Graphics
personalized items

Ginger and Mary Ann Boutique
apparel and accessories

Great Knots
bow ties and cummerbunds

Hats by DI-Anne
one-of-a-kind custom-designed hats

LHM Creative Design
embellished silverware, jewelry, and cuff links

LIJ Designs
clothing and accessories


Loose Ends Jewelry
custom designed and handcrafted jewelry

Stella & Dot
jewelry, clothing and accessories

The Bag Lady
designer-inspired handbags and accessories

2018 Fashion Show Models
Don Bohannon
Karin Bentele
David Diener
Jennifer Hojnacki
Kathy Holman
Michelle Knight
Kelsey Krekeler
Gene McNary
Esthere Scott
Lorie Arnsman Schwartz
Ellie Yuska

Jeanine Aubuchon
Debbie Bentele
Diane Buhr Engelsmann
Mary Beth Daniels
Jennifer Hojnacki
Kathy Holman
Dana Huxley
Margaret Louvier
Mary Steinau
Judy Toombs
Stephanie Valleroy
Jane Vickrey
Laurie Williams
Jane Wright