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Dunedin Beacon
Fashion show raises scholarship funds
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Lucille Horak shows off an ensemble by Patchington of Northwood at the 2009 Dunedin Youth Guild fashion show. That year the theme was “The Splendor of Spring.”
DUNEDIN – The Dunedin Youth Guild’s 37th annual fashion show is sure to be the cat’s pajamas with this year’s theme, Rock ’N’ Roll Into Spring.

The event is set for Saturday, March 6, with doors opening at 10:30 a.m. at the Dunedin Golf Club, formerly known as the Dunedin Country Club at 1050 Palm Blvd. Patrons will have a three-course meal, see fashions by MJ Fashions, enjoy entertainment and qualify for door prizes and other opportunities. There also will be complimentary valet service. Cost of the event is $30, and all proceeds go toward scholarships for local youth.

“This is the only event that we sponsor that all the proceeds go to scholarships,” said Susan Wilson, president of the guild. “Every dime.”

Lucille Horak, chairwoman of the fashion show, said she has also served on the scholarship committee and is impressed by the students’ stories.

“These kids, it’s amazing what some of them have been through and still come out ahead and do something positive with their lives,” Horak said.

Wilson said that the guild will later choose about seven students to get the scholarships, after an application and interview process.

“The focus in the guild has always been to not to pick the ones who get the best, best grades because they will get the top scholarships,” Wilson said. “Or the ones who are the very poorest because they will get grants from the government. What we try to do is find those kids in between – the ones who fall through the cracks and won’t qualify for anything else.”

The guild has set a $10,000 fundraising goal for the scholarships, but if they make more, they will have even more to give away, Wilson said.

Susan said she hopes the scholarship program helps the students know that their community believes in them and supports their dreams.

This year, for the first time, the lunchtime entertainment at the fashion show will be provided by Dunedin students, Horak said. Dunedin High School alumnus Dana (Horak) Bright will sing. Dunedin High School Drama Teacher Gerald Durst and Choral Director Rodney Chapman each are bringing some of their students to entertain the crowd. The drama students have researched ’50s slang so they can completely get into character, Horak said.

The fashions will be modeled by guild members, City Commissioner Julie Scales, former City Commissioner Deborah Kynes, Tampa Bay Magazine Editor in Chief Margaret Burnside, and former Dunedin High School students. The seven models each will show three outfits.

Patrons are invited to get into the spirit as well and dress in their favorite ’50s costume.

The Dunedin Youth Guild began in 1964 and is a nonprofit organization. The purpose of the guild is to serve the youth of the Dunedin Area.

For reservations, call Nancy Guinn at 733-5016 or Layle Kremske at 733-5260.
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