Rogers High School students enjoyed reduced cost tickets to their senior prom due to the community-supported effort.
Nearly 200 guests gathered at the Newport Art Museum on the evening of Thursday, March 24th in the name of fashion and philanthropy. “A Night to Remember,” a fashion show featuring local students, coaches, and alumni from Rogers High School in Newport as well as members of the Newport School Committee, Mayor Jeanne-Marie Napolitano, and other “local celebrities” raised funds to defray ticket costs for the Rogers High School senior prom.
Organizers Lynne Tungett, publisher of Newport This Week, and Jennifer Carter, photographer at Newport Public Schools, said the inaugural event gained even more community support than they had originally anticipated. “Our goal was to keep the ticket prices affordable so that everyone felt welcome. The people that came out—friends, supporters, teachers, committee members, local business owners, fashion aficionados, parents of students, alumni—each and every one of them made a difference just by being there,” said Tungett. “The reality is; many Rogers students don’t buy tickets to the prom because they simply can’t afford it. When you weigh in all the additional costs around a prom—attire, transportation, hair and makeup—it’s a small fortune.”
“A Night to Remember” kicked off with a whimsical collection of dresses by lauded Providence-based fashion designer Maria del Carmen Mercado followed by looks styled by local Newport shops and boutiques. A collection of “decked out denim;” jeans artistically designed, embellished, and worn by Rogers High School students, was also a hit with the standing-room-only crowd as were the duct-tape dresses created by Rogers High School alumna Hayley Pires. The designer then finished the show by auctioning off a dress to be custom-made for one lucky bidder. Hair and makeup for the show was supported by local salons and students in the cosmetology program at the Newport Area Career & Technical Center (NACTC).
Throughout the evening, guests were treated to savory hors d’oeuvres as well as beer and wine provided by event co-sponsor Blackstone Catering. The cooking and serving effort was supported by a culinary team from NACTC.
“The evening truly exemplified a community coming together for a good cause,” said Carter. “We’re already discussing plans to improve and grow the event for next year.” Applications are currently being accepted for next year’s community event at email@example.com.
Fashion in RI
Newport Student Fashion Show 2016
By Jennifer Carter
Photography by Richard Hudson