Astoria High Schools students strutted their stuff Saturday, modeling clothing and raising $2,000 for the Net Shed, a free source of clothing on campus.
The kids had so much fun, said Linda Ho, director of the Net Shed. And that was what it was it about.
The students modeled formal, beach and casual wear, urged on by emcee Clint Hill, a journalism and English instructor at AHS. Student philanthropist extraordinaire Josh McConnell, looking dapper in a tuxedo, cracked jokes during intermission.
The event, with little advertising and sparse attendance, provided a plethora of desserts, including a chocolate fountain, carrot cake bits, cookies, brownies, lemon bars and coffee, all donated by local businesses.
What it is today is not what it will be four years from now, said Klassy Kloset owner Diana Coolley, looking over a nearly empty cafeteria Saturday.
Coolley donated much of the formal wear, including a white rhinestone satin dress worn by student Mariah Dunn, escorted down the aisle by her father at the head of an entire wedding party.
Im sure hes hoping this doesnt happen for many years, joked Hill.
Ho and Cooley, who said one of her business goals is to support charities that help children, hope to hold the event at least once a year, if not twice.
The Net Shed, said Ho, has received more than 3,000 items per year since its inception three years ago. There are several items its in especial need of currently, including:
Hygiene products. Ho said theres a constant need, and its especially difficult to get floss.
Boys tennis and dress shoes, sizes 7 to 14.
Black dress pants for boys and girls in all sizes.
White dress shirts for boys and girls going into choir.
Those interested in contributing can drop donations in the main office at AHS, located at 1001 W. Marine Drive. They can also donate money, including checks made out to the Net Shed. Ho said all the money goes toward buying clothing and accessories that cant be donated.