By: Isaiah Showell, Follow South Jersey Multimedia Journalist/’What’s Good’ Host
VINELAND, N.J. — On Saturday, local nonprofit From We Can’t To We Can will host a fashion show for children with special needs. The event will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday at The Landis Theater in Vineland. Community members can attend the event at the Landis Theater, but if you can’t make it, the show will be streamed online as well. Those who want to attend will have to purchase tickets, which they can do either at the gate or online.
Carolina Rial from NBC’s The Voice will perform at the event along with Dez Childs, a New Jersey-based recording artist who runs a recording studio in South Jersey. Sydnie Chandler Monet, the host of the Perfect Timing Podcast, will serve as the event’s emcee. A portion of the proceeds raised by Saturday’s fashion show will be donated to the family of four-year-old Carlee Allfrey, who has an incurable rare genetic disorder and autism.
From We Can’t To We Can CEO Trinity Jagdeo was inspired to create her nonprofit because of her relationship with her best friend Alexus, who has Spinal Muscular Atrophy. Jagdeo learned about the struggles people with disabilities have to endure and decided to make a video and sent it to Disney asking the company to create a princess character with disabilities. This request was met with no response, so Jagdeo then decided to take matters into her own hands and create From We Can’t To We Can.
With her nonprofit, Jagdeo can create content that embodies and empowers people with disabilities. The nonprofit aims to erase the stigma against those with disabilities and shed more light on community members who are disabled. Jagdeo has created her own comic books in which children with special needs are the superheroes.
If you can’t make it to the Landis Theater tonight, you’ll be able to watch the event online by purchasing tickets here.
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