On the catwalk, raising funds for Ludlowe


Christian Ghee, Sarah Boyle and Kelly Cronin walk the runway in the 2013 ‘Project Runway: Ludlowe Edition.’

Students and faculty members from Fairfield Ludlowe will don this spring’s latest fashions for the school’s biggest fund-raiser Sunday, March 2.

“Project Runway” will be held in the auditorium at the school, 785 Unquowa Road, at 1 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students, and may be purchased at flhspta.com/shop/project-runway-reservation-2014.

Entering its seventh year, the event has raised $5,000 each year for the Ludlowe High School PTA, recipient of all proceeds. The first six events were held at the Gaelic American Club, the Fairfield Theatre Company and the Scandinavian Club. This is the first at Ludlowe High School.

Students and faculty members, both male and female, will hit the catwalk wearing apparel offered by such local shops as Apricot Lane, Authentic Athlete, Capri, Dress Code, GAP, Island Outfitters, Letarte, Loft, Splash of Pink, Teen Scene, and the Men’s Warehouse of Trumbull. Jewelry and accessories are provided by K&L Designs.

“For the retail community to come together and support our students and high school this way is extraordinary,” said Debbi O’Keefe, co-chairman of “Project Runway.” “It’s such a fun afternoon out and it’s a great mix of students, faculty, food services, student athletes, and the community — it’s fun for everybody and we’re always sold out.”

Fashions range from beachwear to prom gowns and tuxedos.

“We love seeing our new collections on a runway, especially a runway at Ludlowe,” said Michele Ross, founder and president of Letarte, which will display “beach to street” cover-ups and swimwear. “It’s a great event supporting a great school.”

Nearly 80 Ludlowe seniors, faculty members and local businesses collaborate on the event.

Headmaster Greg Hatzis will serve as master of ceremonies.

“This whole event is such a positive experience for everyone,” Hatzis said. “The students have a great time showing off the selections from local vendors, who in turn get great exposure with the parents, who enjoy seeing their children doing something new and exciting. On top of it all, all the proceeds go to our PTA, which is such a tremendous asset to our school, our teachers and our students.”

“Project Runway” will include performances by Ludlowe’s Deckhardt Quartet Jazz Band and a cappella vocals by
Close Harmony.

Refreshments, underwritten by The Pantry, will be created and served by the Ludlowe High School culinary arts students, under the direction of Rachel Keleher.

Gift bags for those who attend are stuffed with goodies, including homemade cookies from Hinkle Twinkle and vendor discount cards.

Nearly 30 raffle baskets, each fitting a theme, will be presented. Among them will be the “dorm baskets” created by Ludlowe sports teams and “around town” baskets.

Raffle tickets are five for $10, 15 for $20.

Information on the event is available at [email protected]

“It’s a fun mother, daughter, grandmother day, too,” O’Keefe said.

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