GROUP HOME FOUNDATION PRESENTS OPPORTUNITY BY DESIGN, FASHION COMPETITION MAY 15, 2015
Group Home Foundation is a Belfast, Maine based non-profit organization that serves over 200 people with disabilities through employment, residential, and community support services and has since 1975. Through our manufacturing center, known as Little River Apparel, we have worked in a number of garments (mostly for our military customers) and often as designed by Patagonia.
In collaboration with Cyndi Davis (lead designer at Patagonia), we have been working on a fashion competition which would give little known sewers and jewelry makers throughout the country a chance to compete on their version of “ the little black dress” or fashion accessory. As this is an official contest, interested sewers and/or jewelry designers must submit to the contest rules in an effort to win the event where the grand prize would be $2,500.
Proceeds from the event will go to support the mission of the Group Home Foundation which is:
To help persons with disabilities live and work in their communities.
Group Nonprofit Profile – GHF, Inc. builds bridges for over 200 persons with disabilities by offering residential, community and work supports throughout the Waldo County Community.
Information on how to enter the contest is currently being constructed in our website at:
www.OpportunityByDesign.org or by calling us at 207-338-2080
Information on how to model for the event can be obtained by just calling our office at 338-2080.
Group Home Foundation encourages all body types to participate in the modeling portion of the competition in support of our philosophy that all persons in our community have value.
he mission of GHF, Inc. is to support adults with intellectual and other disabilities by assisting them to live and work in the community. We offer community support services through our Community Connections program which teaches persons to live more independently; we offer various levels of residential supports in four different home and apartment programs located at Marsh Road, High Street, and Waldo Avenue in Belfast; and we offer employment through both at our nationally recognized Little River Apparel program which is one of only two manufacturers of the Department of Defense’ chemical-biological JS List suit.
About Cyndi Davis
Cyndi Davis, one of the lead designers for Patagonia will be coming to Lincolnville, Maine on May 15, 2015 to judge the Group Home Foundation Little River Apparel’s first nationally recognized fashion competition. Cyndi comes at the request of Group Home Foundation’s Little River Apparel after a long standing working relationship on several different garments over the years. The fashion competition seeks to heighten awareness of socially responsible practices within the apparel world by giving unrecognized sewers and designers a chance to be recognized on a national level. Both Patagonia and Group Home Foundation’s Little River Apparel are committed to respecting the dignity of every human being and in particular, those who dedicate their lives to the apparel industry. Proceeds from the event will go to support the work Group Home Foundation does on behalf of persons with disabilities.
Cyndi Davis will be the lead judge in the competition. She comes to the mid-coast after joining Patagonia in 1976 and after having worked alongside of Yvon Chouinard, the founder and visionary of Patagonia. Over her 38 year career with Patagonia, Cyndi has been responsible for key design and development, leading many engineers, designers, and product developers to grow the company into the respected brand it is today. As employee number three at Patagonia, she has mentored many employees in the fashion industry by fostering an environment of trust and collaboration, and nurturing the Patagonia culture which she helped develop.
As a trusted and respected designer/developer, in 2007, Cyndi was recruited to design and develop a highly specialized and extremely technical product line for the Patagonia Government branch. Cyndi is Patagonia’s right-hand woman, and has the utmost respect of the many who have had the privilege of working with her.
Patagonia’s environmental and social responsibilities are evident in Cyndi’s personal life as well. One of her many passions include being actively involved in the education of Haitian school children, sitting on the Board of Directors for Destined for Grace Children’s Relief and School in Mirebalais, Haiti. She has also partnered with Waves for Water to bring life-saving water filters and clean water to over 3,000 homes in Haiti.
While the love of her life is her daughter Lindsey, her second “dog-child”, Lucy, inspires her to sit on the Board of Directors for Central Coast Pug Rescue, bringing awareness to animal rescue. Cyndi also has a unique talent for creating beautiful floral creations, and her designs for events and weddings have been published in Bridal Magazine.
As a beautiful person inside and out, Cyndi inspires those around her to simply take action and do more. Group Home Foundation is honored to have Cyndi be our lead judge in this year’s fashion competition.