Students and faculty members of danced their way down the runway Saturday night at the 19th Annual Fashion Show to raise money for the PTA Scholarship Fund.
PTA President Anita Lalor said that all of the money collected from entrance fees to the show and the Chinese auction that was held at the event will go towards scholarships. "Last year we earned money towards 60 scholarships," Lalor said.
Going along with the show's theme -"Express Yourself" - allowed the models choose any dress under $299 of to wear during the show themselves.
"We just couldn't pick any dress that was white, they didn't want us to spill anything on the dresses," said Calie Morrison, a sophomore. also donated outfits for the two male models to wear.
Two faculty members at Farmingdale High School, reading teacher Susan Byrnes and librarian Matisse Muscatello, decided to participate as a way to be closer to the sophomore students that they advise. "It's just a lot of fun. I love to be apart of school activities and support the PTA," Muscatello said. "I only wish more teachers came."
After practicing in the school's library two times a week, for over a month, two first time models Melissa Canavaciol and Angela Fierst, both sophomores, joined the two faculty members to perform their walk and dance down the aisle. "We are definitely ready, we have a lot of energy. Tonight is just going to be fun," Firest and Canavaciol said.
One of the only two male student models, Dustin Feynman, a junior, was shocked to find out the outfit he would be wearing for the show. "I didn't pick out my own tux. I was suprised to be wearing all white," he said. But his lack of choice didn't seem to bother Feynman who danced his way down the aisle to "Time Warp" from The Rocky Horror Picture Show. "This is a great way for me to get my community service hours in and also support the PTA at the same time. It's a win-win situation," Feynman said.
Various Farmingdale business including , , , and all showed their support to the Farmingdale High School PTA by donating gift cards and prizes to be auctioned.
Hayley Ciuzio, a junior, who admitted to at first being weary about participating in the fashion show, ended up enjoying herself.
"We were told to make our own poses and dance, basically we were told to just have fun. I'm glad I did it," she said.