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DianAlonzKaylDenvit Haley Crnarich light up PHS auditorium Prom FashiShow gowns. | LindLemond/For Sun-Times Media

Diana Alonza, Kayla Denvit and Haley Crnarich light up the PHS auditorium in Prom Fashion Show gowns. | Linda Lemond/For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: April 7, 2014 12:15PM



Portage High School’s Health Occupations Students of America classes presented their annual Prom Fashion show on Feb. 13 in the high school’s East Auditorium.

Thirty-four pairs of Portage High students modeled the latest fashions in tuxedos and dresses to music provided by 219 Productions. Proceeds from the event will be donated to Gabriel’s Horn Homeless Shelter and the PHS Thespians.

More than 50 young women and 14 young men strutted their stuff for the show. Hobart’s Pink Boutique and Michigan City’s Paris House of Bridal and Fashion provided the dresses. The tuxes came from Dunhill Tuxedo in Merrillville and Portage’s own Louie’s Tux Shop. Students from Don Roberts Beauty School in Valparaiso did hair for those who wished.

“Bejeweled,” ”bedazzled,” “sparkling” and “shimmering” were the words of the night. From dresses with short, sassy skirts to elegant mermaid-style gowns, most featured beading, sequins or jewelled embellishments. Several models sported the popular high-low style with the skirt cut in front and tapering to floor length in the back.

The dresses came in every color of the rainbow, from the palest pastels to the brightest and boldest neon. Features like peek-a-boo backs and side panels and the trendy one-shoulder cut added dramatic flair.

Several young men sported tan tuxes with brown shoes. Others favored the traditional black with vests and pocket squares matching their partners’ dresses.

Emcees Richard Gomez, Brooklynn Sellers and Precious Conrad announced the models as they entered.

“The best part about this fundraiser is that it’s so much fun!” Gomez said, getting nods of agreement from Sellers and Conrad.

“We (the emcees) are all seniors,” Sellers added. “This is one way that we will leave our legacy to the school.”

The HOSA classes have sponsored the Prom Fashion Show for several years. Each year they select a different charity or group to assist with the proceeds from their event.

“We voted to help Gabriel’s Horn this year,” HOSA instructor Lynn Wilson said. “But we also wanted to make a donation to the Thespian organization. Every year they do all the sound and lighting and behind-the-scenes stuff that makes the show awesome.”



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