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Kat Smith and Pris Siskin Announced as co-chairs for 40th annual styleworks luncheon & fashion show

Fundraising event benefits children and families served by Siskin Children’s Institute

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Siskin Children’s Institute is pleased to announce Yekaterina “Kat” Smith and Pris Siskin as the co-chairs for the 2016 StyleWorks luncheon and fashion show once again sponsored by Belk. A spring tradition in Chattanooga, Styleworks – Fashion with Compassion supports Siskin Children’s Institute’s programs that serve over 2,500 children and families annually. This year’s two-day event will take place on April 27 and April 28 at the Chattanooga Convention Center.

Once known as the 365 Club Benefit Luncheon and Fashion Show, StyleWorks, now in its 40th year has been sharing fashion with compassion since 1977. This unique two-day event draws more than 1,000 guests featuring an evening event and luncheon that includes a runway fashion show, rivaling those seen in New York, Milan, and Paris. 

The event begins with the StyleWorks Premiere, an evening out with friends complete with marketplace shopping, cocktails, a southern garden, and Ladies Bring Your Men to experience the EPB Man Cave with streaming sports on HDTV screens, 2016 car display, drinks, food, and more. StyleWorks continues the next day with a luncheon and fashion show, featuring professional models as well as current children and graduates of the Institute who will preview Belk’s trendiest clothing and accessories of the season for children and adults. The StyleWorks event offers a unique retail experience that also benefits the Institute’s efforts.

This year’s StyleWorks co-chairs Yekaterina “Kat” Smith and Pris Siskin have joined forces to bring the Chattanooga community a StyleWorks event like no other. They have set a special goal to raise $40,000 in celebration of 40 Years of StyleWorks on the day of the luncheon with the generous support of attendees.

“We are excited to have two community leaders who are so passionate about the Institute and its unique programs for children with special needs and their families co-chairing this year’s event. We are confident it will be one to remember” said John Farrimond, President and CEO.

Born in Ivanovo, Russia, Kat came to Chattanooga through a foreign exchange program. After graduating with an economics degree from University of Tennessee Chattanooga, Kat built a successful 13 year career working in finance and project management with a Fortune 100 company. In 2012, Kat and family relocated back to Chattanooga which provided opportunity for the career change of her lifetime, yoga instruction. Kat is a certified yoga instructor and now guides over 2000 students in practice every year at studios in Chattanooga and Signal Mountain.

Kat resides on Signal Mountain with her husband Kevin and their two children, Olive (9) and Reed (3).  In her free time she routinely volunteers at Thrasher Elementary & Hunter Museum, as well enjoys hiking, snow skiing, and reading.

“As a parent of a child with special needs, I know how important Siskin is to my family & our community.  StyleWorks is an event where we can celebrate everything the Institute does & support its lasting legacy here in Chattanooga.” said Kat Smith. 

Pris Siskin graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor of Science degree and spent time as a research assistant in motor skills development studies involving children with special needs. She served as a volunteer teacher at the Siskin Foundation Pre-school, Glenwood Elementary School and was a member of the Siskin Foundation Auxiliary from its inception, working on decades of Siskin Luncheons and Style Shows. Pris has also served on the solicitation committee for StarNight, was Past President of the Chattanooga Symphony Guild Past, Vice President of the Chattanooga Symphony Board, Former Chattanooga Boy Scout Leader and Master, Past President of the Jewish Community Federation of Greater Chattanooga and has served on many national Jewish Leadership Boards. She served as former Tennessee Holocaust Education Commissioner, co-chaired Chattanooga Urban League’s Equal Opportunity Dinner and was the co-chair of Women for Andy Berke's Mayoral campaign and many other national political leadership roles. Pris was also honored as one of the American Lung Association Women of Distinction. Pris has been married to Robert Siskin for over 47 years and they are proud parents to Wendy and Jonathan Siskin and Rebecca and Daniel Siskin and blessed grandparents of Ellie, Olivia, Madeline, Kate and Brady Siskin.

"What an honor and privilege to serve with Kat in celebrating our 40th anniversary!  This year, more than ever, our focus is on the children and families that the Siskin Children’s Institute serves. We’ll have twenty preschoolers modeling with our professionals; surely the highlight of the day. In addition, we shall proudly recognize the members of the original Siskin Foundation Auxiliary, who contributed so generously to the Foundation with their hard work and dedication to our fashion shows and other fundraising efforts.” said Pris Siskin.

Kat and Pris would like to thank all of those that served on the StyleWorks committee, our volunteers, and the staff of Siskin Children’s Institute who gave up many of their evenings and weekends to make this year’s StyleWorks one to remember. Thank you to all of the StyleWorks sponsors: Belk, CBL, ERMC Security Solutions, Southeastern Salvage, First Tennessee, Mtn. View Auto Group, Henderson, Hutcherson, & McCullough, PLLC, Rone Regency Jewelers, including our media sponsors, WRCB TV 3, Sunny 92.3, EPB Fiber Optics, and special thanks to Chatter Magazine for the special feature promoting the StyleWorks event that will also serve as our 2016 event program.

We are looking forward to you joining us at our 40th anniversary of StyleWorks. You help Siskin Children’s Institute make a difference in the lives of children and their families in the Chattanooga region just by attending this event and showing your support.

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