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35th Annual Fashion Show Benefits the San Miguel Scholarship Fund
Posted 12/07/2017 02:45PM

Although the weather outside was more delightful than frightful, on Sunday, December 3rd, Montini Catholic parents, friends and fashionistas kicked off the Christmas season anyway by attending the school's 35th Annual Fashion Show, themed 'The Land of Dreams,' at the newly renovated Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort and Conference Center in Oak Brook.

The much anticipated fashion extravaganza is a Montini tradition and kicks off the Christmas season in style by featuring trendy and casual apparel, formal wear, furs and sparkling evening gowns, all modeled by Montini juniors, seniors and alumni.

The Montini Fashion Show was conceptualized to benefit the Lasallian high school's San Miguel Fund which provides financial assistance to Montini Catholic families who find themselves experiencing hardships, such as serious illness, death or severe financial difficulties. The fund provides students with an opportunity for a Catholic education that they may not otherwise be able to afford.

"Our mission for this show mirrors the mission of Montini's founder, St. John Baptist de LaSalle," said Principal Maryann O'Neill. "He was a man of great compassion and foresight who believed that all children were entitled to an exceptional education. This show helps us to achieve this goal."

The festive show was co-chaired by Montini Catholic parents, Malinda Clickner, Debbie Isoda and Gloria Lorusso and emceed by NBC's Alison Rosati. It featured a luncheon, pre-show vendor boutique and raffle opportunities before the students and alumni took to the runway.

This year's show featured fashions from Paradiso (Lombard), Free People (Oak Brook), Buckle (Yorktown), Havana (Naperville), Francesca's (Oak Brook), Hammer Made (Oak Brook), J.Crew (Naperville), Black Tie Formalwear (Glen Ellyn), Peaches (Chicago) and York Furrier, Inc. (Elmhurst)

"I want to express my gratitude and appreciation to all our attendees for supporting our Annual Fashion Show, as well as committee chairs, members and volunteers" said President Jim Segredo, who also modeled in the show alongside Principal Maryann O'Neill. "This event allows us to come together as a school community and celebrate the Christmas season together, while supporting a great cause."

Mr. Segredo also expressed his gratitude to all students and alumni who modeled in the show, as well as those volunteering in all aspects to ensure a successful fundraiser.

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