February’s “From the Heart” Teen Fashion Festival may seem far away, but models, talent and volunteers may sign up now. Leadership opps open! Last year’s inaugural show was a smashing success; 126 students participated. Proceeds to benefit Rising Readers for Collier County kids. Co-chairs are Jessica Cedarquist, Barron Collier High; Patrick Clawson, Gulf Coast High; and Danielle Verduchi, Naples High grad and FGCU freshman;Rene Pastir, Lorenzo Walker Institute of Technology, is Multimedia Consultant.
To sign up, click on green tab at top “Opportunities for Teen” and follow the steps — watch for the important form you must complete for your guidance counselor if you are a Collier County Public School high school student.
Check out last year’s event:
Link to see YouTube video promo by Barron Collier High students
Created by Erin Clawson and Ali Martin, co-chairs of last year’s inaugural show.
Special thanks to Janelle Sventek, model chair, and Carla Badame, publicity chair, and
John Esquivel who helped our teen photographers at the show.
Teen Head to Toe Fashion Show co-chairs, Erin Clawson (left) and Ali MartinIn the summer, Ali and Erin, who are founding members of K is for Kids’ Teen Advisory Team and are both spokespersons for its cause, first dreamed up the the fashion show as a great way to help the Foundation raise money to buy new books for children in need. The two also had another goal that they felt was important — to invite students from all high schools to participate. ”Ali and I felt it was important to invite teens from other schools,” explained Erin. ”We were confident that the fashion show would be good outlet for kids to get involved with the Foundation and to help children who are less fortunate have books to read. Teens need volunteer hours for school and college and this would be a fun way to get them,” pointing out that community service hours are not only required for Bright Future scholarships and for organizations like the National Honor Society, but are important for college applications as well.
It wasn’t long before the word got out through Facebook and other students came on board to help spread the word. Janelle Sventek, a senior and the student body president at Barron Collier High School, was amongst the first to sign up and suggest the show be hosted by BCH.