LAWRENCE — Central Catholic Excessive College college students could also be wielding a singular weapon within the warfare in opposition to cancer.
They will be demonstrating the newest types in attire Saturday evening from 6:30 to eight:30 within the Central Catholic Excessive College Memorial Gymnasium.
This yr's Catwalk4Cancer Fashion Show will elevate cash for the Anna Jaques Hospital Cancer Heart and Lucy's Love Bus, a nonprofit group that helps kids with cancer receive therapies similar to acupuncture, therapeutic massage, horseback driving and artwork and music remedy.
Central Catholic college students have continued this annual act of charity since 2008 and are on the point of current the 10th annual Catwalk4Cancer Fashion Show.
Tickets value $20 and could be bought on-line at www.centralcatholic.net.
The show will characteristic 150 fashions, together with college students, lecturers and cancer survivors who will be demonstrating the newest types in clothes.
Initially, many of the college students who modeled for the show had been ladies – however that is been altering lately. Three younger males who will be modeling trendy clothes Saturday night lately spoke to The Eagle-Tribune.
Seniors Andrew Veilleux, Zachary Chase and Matthew Gangi are all from Methuen. Veilleux and Chase have been modeling for the show since their freshman yr whereas their pal Gangi will make his debut Saturday.
Veilleux mentioned the survivor phase of the show, when individuals who have gained their battles in opposition to cancer are featured, is essentially the most touching occasion of the night. He will be escorting his grandmother, Barbara Zraket, on the catwalk.
She is in her 39th cancer-free yr. She survived breast cancer.
Chase mentioned Catwalk4Cancer is an fulfilling in addition to a humanitarian exercise.
Gangi, the newcomer among the many male fashions, mentioned when he attended the show final yr, "It acquired me motivated."
When Veilleux and Chase modeled for the show throughout their freshman yr, they had been the one male college students. This yr there will be 10, they mentioned.
Deysha Santiago, a senior from Lawrence, is working behind the scenes as one of many organizers. Her duties embrace choosing the music that will accompany the fashions as they strut their stuff.
Santiago aspires to turn out to be a pediatric oncologist, she mentioned. Her ambition is motivated by her grandmother, who died of cancer.
Like Veilleux, Kailee Deabay, a Haverhill senior who's dealing with public relations for the show, mentioned the survivor phase is essentially the most shifting a part of the show.
"It is such a hopeful occasion," she mentioned.
Santiago mentioned the show normally attracts greater than ,000 individuals.
David DeFillippo, director of communications for Central Catholic, mentioned the scholars do the majority of the organizing, he mentioned.
The chairperson for this yr's show is Sarah Berube, a senior.
"The youngsters are working like bees to get each element nailed down," DeFillippo advised The Eagle-Tribune. Greater than 250 college students are concerned within the planning for the April show, he mentioned.
Phillip Picardi, who based Catwalk4Cancer, will be a visitor at this yr's show. He graduated from Central Catholic in 2009 and is now digital editorial director for Teen Vogue journal.
Stephanie Fronduto, a 2011 Central Catholic graduate and a cancer survivor, will give the keynote tackle. Fronduto graduated from Boston School and works as a session assistant on the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Heart in New York Metropolis.
A number of companies, together with Stylish Consignment, Dresscode, Giblees, TJX Firms and Keep Constructive, have supplied "main help" for the show, in response to DeFillippo. The theme is "10 Years Tonight – Have fun the Combat."