50% of jewelry proceeds to benefit Little Friends


Little Friends is thrilled to announce a new collaboration with local designer, Sophia Forero in celebration of Autism Awareness Month.


Emily’s Collection, a unique selection of hand-made jewelry, pays homage to Sophia Forero’s goddaughter, Emily, and also supports Little Friends. Throughout the month of April, 50% of proceeds from the collection will benefit Little Friends.


Since 2002, Forero has been dedicating her business in the month of April to causes for Autism Awareness. “Emily’s Collection is a celebration of the dedication Emily’s family pours into that multi-faceted young one,” said Sophia Forero. “It’s also a deeply personal expression of love I have for that family.”


A Studio Premier Event will take place at Sophia Forero Designs on Thursday, April 21, beginning at 7:00 p.m.  Guests may view and purchase pieces from Emily’s Collection at the event or through Sophia Forero Designs’ website,  www.sophiaforero.com.


Pieces from Emily’s Collection can also be found on display in the windows of Serendipity Resale Shop, an affiliate of Little Friends in downtown Naperville.  The artistic display windows were installed by Danette Lince of Dane Vintage and feature glassware and crystal collectables from Serendipity in addition to the jewelry collection.


About Little Friends

Since 1965, Little Friends has served children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities. Always in tune with the needs of the community, Little Friends has continued to evolve, consistently introducing new and dynamic programs and services.


Its dedicated staff has worked tirelessly to stay abreast of the most cutting-edge therapies and learning techniques for its clients. Little Friends believes that everyone should have the opportunity for a full life in their own community with meaningful work, their choice in living arrangements, education, strong relationships, fun and laughter. For more information, visit littlefriendsinc.org.


About the artists:


Sophia Forero

Sophia Forero Designs has been featured in over 300 fine boutiques and specialty stores in the US, Europe, and Canada, including Bloomingdale’s, Hall’s, and Oilily.  She is a past Marshall Field’s Distinction in Design winner and FGI Rule Breakers award recipient.


Danette Lince

A curator and expert of women’s vintage fashion, Danette Lince has made the past like new for her clientele for over a decade. Dane Vintage began as an online retailer over a decade ago- now Danette has expanded her business to create a unique and personal ‘urban’ shopping experience in her warehouse in Woodridge, IL.