It was a rainbow of colors and a festival of school spirit at the fifth North Suburban Prom Fashion Show this past Sunday in Glenview.
Students from Glenbrook North High School in Northbrook, Glenbrook South High School in Glenview, Deerfield High School in Deerfield and Loyola Academy of Wilmette took part in the fashion show.
A red carpet runway served as the catwalk at Youth Services of Glenview/Northbrook at 3080 W. Lake Ave., where the gym accommodated fans and photographers at the McLennan Center for Youth's PotashCorp campus.
Approximately 200 people attended the ticketed event, which had a raffle, and roughly $2,000 was raised to assist Youth Services programming, said Amy O'Leary, YSGN executive director.
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"Youth Services is thrilled to host the North Suburban Prom Fashion Show this year and the funds will support our efforts to foster the social and emotional well-being of children in the northern suburbs," O'Leary said. "This event has been a fun and meaningful way to partner with our community and raise much-needed dollars."
More than 60 high school-aged models, mostly girls, wore formalwear on loan from Men's Wearhouse of Deerfield and Lord and Taylor at Northbrook Court. Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa in Deerfield provided hair and make-up.
"It's so awesome," said Ben Zhao, 18, of Northbrook, a Glenbrook North senior and event chair. "We're supporting a great cause."
Kamryn Abraskin, 18, of Northbrook, also a Glenbrook North senior, also served as chair.>
"It's just a great way to get people involved in the community while students have fun," Abraskin said.
Emily Sedlak, Julianna Gordon and Louis Gordon, all of Northbrook, were co-chairs.
In previous years, the annual fashion show headlined at the North Suburban YMCA in Northbrook. The Sunday afternoon 2017 event was the first time the show took place at Youth Services of Glenview/Northbrook.
The Northbrook Family Network, a partner on the previous fashion shows, ceased operation, said Bob Lozaro, the show's event coordinator.
"We're happy to be working with Youth Services of Glenview/Northbrook," Lozaro said.
The student committee chose Youth Services to be the recipient of the proceeds from the show, he said.
"It's the youth supporting the youth," Lozaro said.
Northbrook Village President Sandy Frum and Glenview Village President Jim Patterson spoke at the fashion show.
"This is a great event that supports Youth Services," Frum said. "They do things that we'd have to do if they weren't around."
"You're in for a fun afternoon," Patterson said, adding the event provided an inclusive fashionable opportunity, "where everybody's in and nobody's out."
The look of prom aligns with what's in season for 2017 wedding wear, said Joe Tagorda of Chicago, Men's Wearhouse assistant store manager, who said bow ties and vests are popular requests.
Dressing appropriately is vital because "it makes an impression," Tagorda said.
Backstage, Dalton DuPre, 18, of Northbrook and a Glenbrook North senior, adjusted the bow tie of fellow model Cole Marrinan of Northbrook, also a Glenbrook North student.
"You gotta look out for the boys," DuPre said with a smile. "It's all about looking good."
Prom, typically taking place in the weeks before graduation, has a tradition of prom proposals. How one is asked to the big dance is often as creative as the dressy pomp.
Student Dylan Rose took the opportunity at the fashion show to drop to his knee on the runway in a prom proposal to Falyn Mellul. Both are Glenbrook North students and had already planned to go to prom together.
"She said yes but I didn't get a kiss," Rose said later.
Mellul said her actual prom dress would be in a different color from the one she modeled at the event.
"I'm going to say yes to the dress in pink," Mellul said.
Karie Angell Luc is a freelance reporter for Pioneer Press.
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