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February 21, 2006 > Avidity: A fashion show to benefit children

Avidity: A fashion show to benefit children

by Arathi Satish

Avidity, a charity fashion show will not only celebrate Fremont's 50th anniversary, but raise funds for OneChild: Clothing the Spirit, a nonprofit organization, founded and headed by Bernie Dutra in Fremont. The organization helps needy children by providing new clothes and school supplies in a store setting to bolster self esteem.

This fashion show revolves around Fremont's 50th anniversary and stresses the diversity of cultures within Fremont. Avidity will feature cultural aspects of society as well as ready-to-wear fashions. The show, linked to the Irvington high School senior QUEST project, is the result of work by seniors Jessica Chen, Grace Jeong, Stephanie Leung, Rebecca Li, Kerri Loh, Cathy Qu, and Ashley Strong.

Participants of the Avidity Charity Show will include students from Washington, Mission San Jose and Irvington High schools who have volunteered as models and performers of cultural dancing, vocals and musical performances. Models have participated in photo shoots, received training on how to walk on a runway from professional models, and by the end of the show will earned community service hours for their participation.

Stephanie Leung, wardrobe director of the fashion show said, "We hope that the fashion show will not only raise funds for OneChild, but also help people understand that beauty does not only exist in the physical form. Instead, it is what you do and how you feel that truly defines beauty." Stephanie added that, "I hope to inspire as many people as possible to create their own individual style instead of following trends. While preparing for the show, we encountered many difficulties, especially in finding sponsors. Nevertheless, this process has taught us important lessons that will prepare us for the real world."

Avidity sponsors and donations will be acknowledged by advertisement in a catalog, accreditation, a free ticket and front row seats. Quest is designed to help students explore career opportunities once they graduate. Students involved in Avidity hope to discover some of their life passions from these experiences and Leung adds, "help us decide our future."

Avidity, Charity Fashion Show
Saturday, Feb. 25
7 p.m.
Irvington High School, Valhalla Theatre
41800 Blacow Road, Fremont
Ticket price is $12 General, $10 Student and $8 Children.
(510) 364-0348

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