WHIPPANY, NJ - The Morristown High School Project Graduation committee hosted another successful Dinner and Fashion Show Fundraiser at the Birchwood Manor on Thursday night to raise money for this year’s Morristown High School Project Graduation.
Project Graduation is an All Night Party for the graduating seniors which provides a safe farewell celebration held the night of graduation. After graduation, the newly graduated seniors are bused to the party location (the Crowne Plaza in Fairfield) where they will spend the night with their fellow graduates. During the party, which begins around 9 and ends at 4am, the students can eat, hang out, sign yearbooks, or participate in the many events planned. This event costs about $120 per student.
As a way to help students pay for this event, the project graduation committee organized a fashion show and raffle in order to be sure each student only pays $10 each to attend this event. Before the senior class models took to the runway, attendees purchased raffle tickets for the 98 baskets that included pocketbooks from Coach, Tory Burch, Michael Kors, and Kate Spade, 4 Grand Stand Seats for this year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Tickets to U2, Jerry Seinfeld, Billy Joel and Justin Bieber, Beats by Dr. Dre, Artwork from a local gallery, and shopping sprees.
The grand prize, a bezel-set diamond necklace worth more than $3,000 was appropriate considering this year’s fashion show theme was “Denim & Diamonds”.
The fun filled night included MHS staff members Kevin Rooney, Jessica McGrover and Kaitlynn Disch as well as 44 senior models who signed up to walk the runway. The male models sported elegant suits and tuxedos from Cozy Formalwear and Jos. A. Bank Clothiers. The female models wore beautiful evening dresses courtesy of Say “I Do” bridal boutique, 161 Boutique; Paradise and Operation Bling. Flowers were supplied by Elliott’s Flower Shop and the female models had their hair done by Bloom and their makeup done by Susi’s Salon.
Member of the Project Graduation Committee Tina Jones explained how the models were selected to take part in the fashion show.
“There weren’t any types of auditions or anything. It was just based on which parents were working on this event. If your parent is part of the committee you are then part of the fashion show,” she said.
Her daughter Jade was excited to take part in the show this year because events such as these are “right up her ally,” Tina also said.
Over 551 people attended his year's fundraiser, and according to Tracey Matalon, Co- Project Graduation Chairperson, early figures show that the event raised $32,000 for Project Graduation.