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BBHS Senior Fashion Show returns and makes a positive impact

seniors in front of school signThe Blind Brook High School Senior Fashion Show made a dramatic and successful post-pandemic comeback April 22. In so doing, the Student Senate raised nearly $2,000 for a local nonprofit that provides free corporate air travel to cancer patients seeking needed treatment.

The event was well along in planning in 2020 when COVID-era restrictions stopped the show. Restrictions prevented a 2021 return, so students who were freshmen the last time it was held were excited to bring the Fashion Show back this year.

“We’re seniors now, so we wanted to bring it back,” Student Senate Treasurer Maddy Muoio said. “It was a fun night for everyone, just a last little hurrah.”

two students dancingPlans for this year’s event began over the winter but really picked up steam in the weeks leading up to the date.

“I’d call it a big success because we got the clothes, we got the models, everyone walked at the correct time, and we had great entertainment and raffles,” said Senate President Sammie Rednick. 

Senate members solicited raffle prizes as well as loans of clothing from local businesses. Those clothes were modeled by their classmates, including some who walked the runway solo and others who came as couples or best friend pairs.

Students also provided entertainment for the show, including the Blind Brook dance team. Senior Alyssa Artibane performed a song she wrote. An ensemble of students Kyle Grindstaff, Thomas Wemm, Raghav Joshi, Archana Kumaran, and Vivian Carvalho, performed “As it Was” by Harry Styles.

students in Hawaiian shirtsThe event drew a large turnout and raised $1,903 for the Corporate Angel Network, which is based at nearby Westchester Airport. The nonprofit was the intended beneficiary of the 2020 show, so the students felt the donation was overdue and appropriate.

“We were so pleased that the Student Senate was able to bring back the Senior Fashion Show, which is a hallmark of their senior year,” said Blind Brook Principal Dr. Jennifer Chirles. “The community support as well as the efforts of our students are truly representative of the Blind Brook spirit.” 

The service that Corporate Angel Network provides is a meaningful one, Sammie said, one she and her classmates were happy to be able to support.

“It’s totally free so it relieves the financial stress of patients, but it also relieves the stress of being able to receive your treatment,” she said.