The Cranston West High School Chapter of the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) will partner with Foster Forward and host a fashion show showcasing formal Winter Ball attire. The proceeds of this event will be donated to the DCYF Holiday Gifts for Teens Campaign, to provide holiday gifts to teenagers in foster care in Rhode Island. It will be held at the Cranston West High School auditorium on Saturday, December 7th at 7pm, and all of the fashions will be modeled by Cranston West students. Dresses and gowns will be provided by Sonya’s, Ray Gardner Designs, Party Dress Express, Deb Shop, Zu Zu’s, and Cache. Tuxedos and suits will be provided by Carl Anthony Tuxedo and The Men’s Wearhouse. Toni and Guy Hairdressing Academy will be doing the models’ hair and makeup.
“This is truly a group effort”, said Carolyn Dawson, FCCLA Co-President. “FCCLA could not coordinate this event without the generous support of so many businesses and individuals.” Over 80 students are contributing their time to make this an exciting and successful event. In addition to students modeling, Graphics Communication students are designing and producing the tickets and programs. Entrepreneurship students are helping to sell program ads and tickets and are soliciting raffle prizes and donations. Culinary Arts students are preparing refreshments to be sold during intermission. Music and dance students are performing in between store lineups. Tech crew students are setting the stage and coordinating the music and lighting. “It’s wonderful to see Cranston West students join together in the service of fellow teens and be leaders in our community”, said Thomas Barbieri, Principal of Cranston West. “This is what Cranston West is all about." "We are grateful for the generous support from the students at Cranston West High School for the DCYF Holiday Gifts for Teens Campaign,” said Lisa Guillette, Executive Director of Foster Forward. “It is inspiring to see this diverse student body assemble their talents in such a coordinated way on behalf of other teens living in less fortunate circumstances. These students are true leaders and a credit to their families, school and community.”
This event benefits all of the roughly 1,900 teenagers under the care of DCYF, many of whom are residing in group homes or other residential placements. Ticket cost is $10 per ticket. Tickets can be purchased in advance and will be sold at the door. Additional donations are welcome. To contribute to the DCYF Holiday Gifts for Teens Campaign or “adopt” a group home, contact Beamer Aston at (401) 438-3900 x122 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Foster Forward is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting children, young adults, and families whose lives have been impacted by foster care. Foster Forward is funded in part by the Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth and Families and is proud to manage the Holiday Gifts Campaign on behalf of all children and teens in DCYF care and their families.
“We did a Fashion Show in 2011”, said Dorothy Martiesian, Cranston West FCCLA chapter Advisor. “We raised over $2,500, which we hope to double this year.” “There was such a positive attitude at the school, as there is again this year. Those who were not sure they had the courage to model felt the encouragement of their fellow students and their self-confidence blossomed. Students want to help one another and support teens in foster care through their efforts.”