Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Pay it fashion forward: Students support Doctors Without Borders, earn Girl Scout awards

Enterprise staff writer

Who knew Davis had so many teens born to strut their stuff on the catwalk?

But strut they did on Friday night, modeling fashions from Target and LilyÕs Boutique in a Holmes Junior High School multipurpose room transformed into something out of New YorkÕs fashion week.

Organized by three Davis ninth-graders earning their Girl Scout Silver Awards, the fashion show doubled as a fundraiser for Doctors Without Borders, raising money to be used for ongoing earthquake relief in Haiti.

ÒWe wanted to do something that helped people,Ó said Sarah Ainsworth, a student at Emerson Junior High School. ÒAnd weÕre all really interested in fashion.Ó

ÒItÕs a fun way to raise funds for a good cause,Ó added Holmes ninth-grader Shauna Simon.

Simon, Ainsworth and Holmes student Eliana Jolkovsky began organizing the fashion show several months ago. They were guided by their troop leader, Belinda Martineau, and assisted by their parents.

The girls themselves approached Target and downtown Davis clothing store LilyÕs about providing the clothes.

ÒTarget was great,Ó Jolkovsky said. ÒThey let us pick out all the stuff.Ó

Meanwhile, LilyÕs provided some gorgeous summer dresses for girls to model.

The venue came courtesy of Holmes principal Derek Brothers.

Ò(Brothers) has been wonderful,Ó said JolkovskyÕs mother Ann. ÒHe said, ÔYou need the MPR? Fine. You need a cash box? HereÕs one.Õ Ó

Next up was finding the models. The girls held auditions at Emerson and Holmes and ended up with about 30 models in grades seven through nine. Some of them Ñ like Anna Verdiguel and Irene Rutazihana Ñ were naturally born to the role, stalking the stage like they owned it.

Others Ñ particularly the male models Ñ provided occasional comic relief, like when Holmes student Mike McTygue appeared in womenÕs pajamas.

Ainsworth, Simon and Jolkovsky served as event emcees.

Amid the glamour and humor though, was the more serious message of HaitiÕs ongoing crisis. The Caribbean island nation still struggles to cope with the aftereffects of the January earthquake.

Haitian resident Pierre Imbert spoke via video from Haiti, while his wife Marie and her daughter Natalie spoke in person Friday night.

In thanking the three girls for their decision to aid Haiti, Marie Imbert said, ÒHaiti still has a long way to go.

ÒIt was very poor before, and now itÕs much worse. Every time girls like you do something like this, itÕs very encouraging to the people in Haiti.Ó

The event raised $700 for Doctors Without Borders.

To see more fun, fashion photos, go to, and choose the ÒEducationÓ tab, followed by the ÒNext GenerationÓ tab.

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Anne Ternus-Bellamy


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