By Chris Concannon
Gloucester City News
The third annual Bell Oaks Dinner and Fashion Show took over more than just the school’s All-Purpose Room on March 21, following this year’s theme of MTV’s “Jersey Shore.”
The school’s Peer Mediator/Mentor group of students, under the direction of Carol Holt and Jennifer Packer, developed and assembled every aspect of the event, from ticket printing, to the entire menu, and, ultimately the show itself, performed entirely by the Mediators/Mentors.
The three-course menu, including soup, salad, pasta, chicken and dessert, was prepared entirely in the cafeteria’s new oven system, and served during breaks in the show.
Speakers representing each of the benefitting charities were also on hand, offering their thanks to the students for their dedication and efforts.
Mrs. Holt said several students return each year to assist in the gargantuan task of food prep, serving each course with a quickness, along with the production and performance of the pint-sized “fashionistas.”
All of the clothes modeled, Holt added, were either purchased from Good Will, sales, or were donated.
Different looks were achieved, such as urban hip hop, preppy and classic among others, and directly reflected the many styles and fashions in today’s society.
The rapid sellout event was very well attended, and is sure to continue its success and charitable efforts in future years.
The following area charities which were benefitted by the show are:
AIDS Coalition of South Jersey, Autism Speaks, Dooley House, Junior Diabetes Research Foundation, Leukemia/Lymphoma Society, South Jersey Breast Cancer Coalition, Special Olympics of New Jersey and the Voorhees Animal Orphanage.