Students to catwalk for cancer research


Dresses will be donated by Lord and Taylor, Suite 201 and Aleana’s Bridal for the Interact Club’s Annual Fashion Show on March 3.

by Michelle DeMaria, Social Media (Instagram) Manager

As the curtains close on New York Fashion Week, our own little taste of Fashion Week will kick off on March 3 with the Interact Club’s Annual Fashion Show.

Although Gigi Hadid will not be in attendance, students of all grade levels will be walking in the show, including sisters Anna (‘20) and Victoria Rasmussen (‘17); step aside, Kylie and Kendall Jenner. The models will show off gowns donated by Suite 201, Lord and Taylor and Aleana’s Bridal, accompanied by male models dressed by Biltmore Tuxedo.

Stylists from local salons, such as Moxy in Ridgewood and Bellula in Glen Rock will be donating their time to doing the girls’ hair and makeup. Many downtown businesses will be donating baskets for the raffle that is held the night of the show. Last year, donors included Janet’s Nails, Sasha and Francesca’s Pizzeria.

Tickets will be sold for seven dollars at the Cafeteria doors by the Interact Club, a school organization that puts together numerous charity events throughout the year. Club members are also donating baked desserts for the show and putting together many of the raffle baskets. In the past, all proceeds from the night have been donated to the American Cancer Society. But in recent years, the cause has become relative on a more personal level.

Hope Lodge is now the recipient of proceeds from the annual fashion show, and it is described as a “home away from home” by Administrative Assistant Marissa Davitt, who has assisted for many years in coordinating the show. The Hope Lodge is funded by the American Cancer Society, and provides free overnight lodging to cancer patients and their caregivers.

“Many people don’t know or realize that places like Hope Lodge are available to them until they are hit with the news that their family member has cancer and treatment is miles and miles away from their home and they will need to travel. Hope Lodge communities provide a nurturing, home-like environment where patients and their caregivers can retreat to private rooms or connect with each other,” Davitt said. While this meaningful cause is at the heart of the event, the fashion show is always something to look forward to. Many people enjoy seeing what gowns are displayed to give them some inspiration for their own prom “look.”

Anyone interested in donating baked goods or helping out with the show is welcome to assist the Interact Club, and should see Debra Brolsma for details. Everyone can look (fashion) forward to an exciting show.