Weekly Feature

2017-04-20 / Business

St. Mary’s High School set for spring fashion show

More than 50 St. Mary’s High School students will take to the runway Tuesday, April 25, as the annual Spring Fashion Show sponsored by the Lancer Parent Partnership gets underway at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens, according to a recent press release.

Chairperson Kim Marino explains that months of planning are involved in the process.

“Stores have to be contacted, vendors engaged and donations secured early in the process,” she said.

Participating students get a taste of what it’s like to be a professional model. For them, the process begins with a visit to one of the participating stores where they can choose their own outfit or pick from selected ensembles with the help of a store employee. Then it’s off to the dressing rooms to find the right fit and look they’re comfortable with.

Eight area stores have agreed to lend their merchandise for the event, and some even agreed to deliver and pick up the outfits the day of the show.

For some students, a favorite portion of the show is the one dedicated to prom wear.

“It’s fun to model a dress you might not necessarily ever choose to wear to prom, but still feel good enough in to walk out in front of hundreds of people,” Grace Fuller, a senior and returning model, said in the release.

The prom outfits are modeled in couples with male models in tuxedos, and a pre-rehearsed entrance or end-of-the-runway choreographed twirl gets the audience cheering. The show is set to music courtesy of St. Mary’s High School math teacher David Hall, the release stated.

“Being in the fashion show is fun and important,” said senior Anna Heerdt, who will return for her third show. “It boosts your confidence while showing school spirit and supporting a good cause.”

The evening begins at 5 p.m. with a cash bar followed by dinner at 6 p.m. The fashion show starts around 6:30. There also will be vendors displaying and selling merchandise, as well as a basket raffle and 50/50 raffle.

“The show is a major fundraiser for the Lancer Parent Partnership, which helps fund scholarships for graduating seniors and events that encourage a bond between the school, parents and the community in general,” Kim Marino, the show’s chairperson, said in the release.

She added that the Partnership focuses on being a resource for parents of SMHS students and serves as a liaison of the administration and board of trustees.

Tickets, which include dinner and the show, are $45 and can be purchased by calling the school at 683-4824 or by contacting Amanda Rebeck at arebeck@smhlancers.org.

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