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GLHS Seniors and Teachers Strut Their Stuff at the Annual Prom Fashion Show Fundraiser


BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Fashion Week came to Governor Livingston High School on Friday, March 3, in the form of the Senior Prom Fashion Show. The event, an annual joint fundraiser for Project Graduation and the senior class, was held in the school cafeteria, where a record crowd of 267 family and friends came out to see the hottest prom fashions.

Before the 41 GLHS senior class models took to the runway, attendees purchased raffle tickets for 40 baskets, valued at up to $200 each, and 9 grand prize baskets valued at over $200 each.  Event Co-Chairs Patty Branthover and Elisa Probst thanked the generous local businesses and GL families, who donated all the basket prizes.

The event was emceed by seniors Tim Donohue and Lindsay Gerrato, who described each outfit while providing witty commentary and fun facts about all the models.  The senior models were: Andrew Aguilera, Mike Balmann, Karen Boyle, Tim Branthover, Alex Buckley, Alex Budka, Sebastian Cassu, Carmine Cioffi, John Colendenski, Jaimie Diamond, Paige Ervin, Samantha Faller, Conor Fletcher, Alex Friedenberg, Kasia Gbur, Zach Goldman, Catherine Green, Nick Grimes, Tommy Jakositz, Riley Jankowski, Emily Kiernan, Ashley Kothari, Eileen Li, Jon Longo, Alexis Marzulla, Shane Mauer, Chris McGowan, Alyssa Megson, Chandler Merz, Gianna Miggins, Kian Monaghan, Matt Nixon, Andrew Oliveira, Taylor Pitt, Hannah Probst, Kilian Quinn, Matt Rice, Meryl Schaffer, Tyler Stapleton, Abby Tumulty, and Bella Zurla.

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The male models sported elegant suits and tuxedos provided by Adam’s Fine Clothing of New Providence and Macy’s of Short Hills. The female models wore beautiful evening dresses courtesy of Macy’s of Short Hills and vintage prom dresses from GL family collections.

The ladies also modeled various hair styles courtesy of Tracy Stevenson Hair Design, Feathers Hair Salon of New Providence, Feathers II of Berkeley Heights and Sublime Salon and Day Spa of Berkeley Heights.  Make up was provided by Beauty Bar of Berkeley Heights, Kim Traynor, and Mary Kay Cosmetics representatives Stephanie Skidmore, Edie Belacastro, and Cydney Bucholz.

The teacher models were a big hit with the crowd. Mr. Rutzler and Mrs. Silagi lead the way, twirling at the end of the runway, followed by Ms. Roman, a perennial prom fashion show favorite, who dazzled the crowd in her own bejeweled gown, and Mr. Dunkerton, who displayed a few classic runway moves of his own.

The evening also had a surprise – a “promposal” to model Bella Zurla!

The event raised over $5,000 which is split between the Class of 2017 (to defray prom costs) and Project Graduation (to fund the all-night, substance-free celebration for the GLHS senior class on the night of graduation). Food for the models was provided by Zappia’s in Summit and Biagio’s in Stirling.

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