It was a stunning afternoon mix of shimmering evening gowns, proud parents and enthusiastic Montini Catholic seniors and juniors at the Lombard high school's 33rrd Annual Fashion Show, benefiting the San Miguel Fund, on Sunday, December 6th at the Oak Brook Marriott.
The theme of this year's sold out show was 'A Golden Affair' in commemoration of the school's 50th Anniversary.'
The impressive production, presented by ZZAZZ Productions, Inc., was co-chaired by Montini Catholic parents, Patty Crotty, Susan Luka and MaryAnne Vecchio, and featured a luncheon, vendor boutique and raffle opportunities before the big show.
Each year, the Montini Parents' Club hosts the holiday event which features junior and senior students entertaining guests by modeling the latest fashions from local business supporters. Current family and alumni members are also invited back to join in the holiday fun by modeling in the show. This year's show featured alumni from each of the five decade since the school's opening in 1966. Businesses with fashions on the runway this year included White House Black Market, Oak Brook Centre, Buckle, Yorktown Mall, York Furrier, Inc. in Elmhurst and Deer Park, Black Tie Formalwear in Glen Ellyn and Peaches Boutique, Chicago.
"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.
The San Miguel Fund provides financial assistance to Montini Catholic families who find themselves experiencing hardships, such as serious illness, death or severe financial difficulties. The fund provides these students with an opportunity for a Catholic education that they may not otherwise be able to afford.
"St. John Baptist de LaSalle, our founder, devoted his life to the education of the economically, socially and educationally impoverished children of his community," said Principal Maryann O'Neill in her letter to attendees appearing in the show's program. "Throughout our school's 50 year history, any students have been able to obtain a Montini Catholic education through the assistance of the San Miguel Scholarship Fund."