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West Kildonan grads staging fashion show

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West Kildonan Collegiate’s grads are about to show the neighbourhood a little style.

The school’s grad committee is holding a fashion show on Feb. 9 to raise money for its safe grad, which will be held at the Winnipeg Fairmont Hotel this June. Specifically, money from the show will help to lower ticket prices for the students to attend the safe grad event.

The fashion show is an annual occassion which, according to grad committee member Devon Shewchuk, dates back to the school’s beginning.

"It’s a great fundraiser," Shewchuk said.

The grad committee’s members are all taking on special roles to put the show together, from lighting to stage preparation, and taking down the stage afterward as well.  About 60 people in total are involved in the show’s production.

Shewchuk said it’s been a lot of work, and they have quite a bit to do yet.

"There’s still quite a bit to do. On Feb. 1, all of us are going to go get our dresses and tuxes. Other than that, we have to prepare for the night of the show, setting up the stage," she said.

"Other than that, our decorations are already planned out."

Shewchuk, along with about 29 of her fellow grads, will take to the stage during the show, which will run at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Chrissy Troy of Virgin 103.1 will emcee the evening.

During their time on stage in the school’s student commons, the ladies will show off designs by Stella’s Bridal and Evening Collection and Helene’s Bridal Salon, while the gents will be decked out in Moore’s finest apparel.

Buffie & Co. Salon and Spa is also providing hairstylists for the show.

"It’s a community event, coming together to put on the show," said Sharon Nowrang, one of three teacher supervisors overseeing the show.

"It’s geared from the students, we just help them fulfill what they want it to look like," Nowrang said of the staff’s involvement.

Nowrang said the school’s parent committee "plays a big role" taking care of all the baking for a coffee-and-dainties intermission which will take place during the show.

Tickets to the show are $10 each and can be purchased from any of the grads in advance. They will also be available at the door.

Shewchuk said the grad committee intends on holding other fundraisers throughout the rest of the school year, including a community barbecue in the spring.

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