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Get ready to shop, lunch and watch local models walk the runway at the TradeWinds annual Luncheon and Style Show.

The event is open to the public and takes place from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 13 Avalon Manor in Merrillville. Tickets are $40 per person, and all proceeds benefit TradeWinds Deaf Services.

“This is the 40th anniversary of Deaf Services in Northwest Indiana and we are excited about this style show and luncheon,” said Lisa Tatina, TradeWinds director of development and marketing. “Every year it continues to grow and increase awareness of our great program.”

Boutique shopping kicks off the gathering at 10:30 a.m., the luncheon follows at noon and the Style Show begins at 1 p.m. Models include TradeWinds staff, Deaf Services clients and TradeWinds’ community partners. Fashions are provided by ECO Chic Boutique in Dyer, which also assists in organizing and running the Style Show.

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The Luncheon and Style Show is just one event that helps sustain TradeWinds Deaf Services, the only nonprofit in Northwest Indiana serving people who are deaf or hard of hearing. Since 1978, Deaf Services has supported, educated, advocated, and provided access to technology for hearing impaired individuals and their families.

Deaf Services offers case management, American Sign Language (ASL) classes, information on Assisted Listening Devices, access to professionally trained interpreters for personal or business needs, a video phone room, facilitation of communication with interpreting, advocacy, and referral services, as well as education and sensitivity training for the hearing community.

Debbie Pampalone, TradeWinds program coordinator of deaf services, is grateful to those in Northwest Indiana for its support the last 40 years. “Our program continues to grow every day, and we would not be here if it wasn’t for our communities’ support,” she said. “We are extremely excited to be celebrating 40 years of not only providing qualified interpreters, but also case management, advocacy, and a wonderful collaboration with other local not-for-profit agencies. Improving the quality of life for those we serve and breaking down communication barriers for individuals who are deaf and live in a hearing world is what we strive to do every day.”

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