By David Esteppe
Greenbrier East High School (GEHS) transformed its gymnasium on Feb. 15 into a spectacular venue for a fashion show to rival New York Fashion Week.
All of the proceeds from the event, sponsored by The Greenbrier, will benefit the Greenbrier East Athletic Association.
Every other year the fundraiser is held, and offers 200 tickets for attendance. With the excitement around this year’s event, that number was pushed to a sold out crowd of 300 in the weeks leading up to show night.
There was a dinner catered by The Greenbrier, followed with the fashion show, including an auction peppered throughout. The event was decorated with glorious floral arrangements from Gillespie’s Flowers. High end clothing was provided by Yarid’s, Bellisima, Greenbrier Avenue Men”s and Women’s shops, Polo Ralph Lauren, Crepe Myrtle, Greenbrier Tennis and Fitness shop, Wickets and Greenbrier Classic Shop.
There was a 50 foot runway lit up just like the fashion shows in Manhattan, and the student-athlete models walked the runway to music played live by the West Virginia Jazz Orchestra.
“It isn’t only about being a fundraiser for a good cause, it is about providing a genuinely sophisticated experience for the young ladies and gentlemen on the basketball teams at the high school,” said Shirley Lynn. Lynn is the head buyer for ladies wear at The Greenbrier boutiques and coordinates the production and running of the show.
Lynn also added that many of the girls and boys are slightly reluctant about the fashion show; but once they are all in their clothes and it is show time, they come alive and have a great time with it.
Girl’s Junior Varsity player Brennah Staunton said, “The best part of the fashion show was being able to model the beautiful clothing, and being able to experience feeling like a superstar for my coaches and with my teammates. This is what Coach Justice is always inspiring us to be, on and off the runway.”
The student-athlete models in the fashion show include: Kerri Arbuckle, Kamryn Deskins, Kristan Holladay, McKenzie Jack, Tessa Knisely, Briauna Lego, Laken Marcum, Gabby Mills, Rebecca Nuckoles, Lexie Patterson, Leah Ratliff, Brennah Staunton. Emilee Vance, Skylar Woodall, Chelsie Baker, Skylar Blevins, Shayla Fry, Taylor Hardiman, Taylor Hill, Lauren Lindsey, Megan Lindsey, Summer Martin, Piper Nunley, Sydney Nunley, Lexi Tincher, Kat Walton, Savannah Weikle, Katie Wilmer; and Victor Adedokun, Kyle Beswick, Seth Brown, Ty Brown, Evan Canterbury, Tyler Canterbury, Noah Dye, Madison Erskine, Isaiah Godfrey, Austin Jerman, Josh McClung, Christain Ortiz, Jasiah Rawls, Gavin Smith, Ty Walker and Caleb Ward.