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April 16, 2014

Rocking the runway Regina-style

By Maria Allard
C & G Staff Writer

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Rocking the runway Regina-style
Regina High School senior Christie Abiragi walks down the catwalk during the “Fashion Around the World” fundraiser April 9 at the San Marino Club in Troy. The fashion show featured professional models, while 13 of the school’s seniors modeled prom attire.

TROY — Walking the catwalk with her dad, Frank, during the annual Regina High School Mothers Guild fashion show fundraiser is a moment senior Rebecca Bono will remember forever.

“I felt like a model,” said Bono, stylish in a pale yellow gown. “It was so cool with all the lights on me.”

This year’s show, held April 9 at the San Marino Club — with a runway that stretched through a portion of the banquet hall — marked the event’s 17th year. Every year, RHS students, parents, friends and alumni gather for an evening of glitz, glamour, dinner, raffles and more.

Regina is an all-girls Catholic high school located in Warren, and the fashion show serves as the school’s largest fundraiser. With money raised from the event, the Mothers Guild makes a donation to the school. Their efforts have helped purchase technology, provide scholarships, donate to the capital campaign, assist with beautification and more.

Bono realizes that, for some, attending a girl-only school might not sound fun, but she appreciates the setting as it is and the bonds she has formed.

“It’s such a different atmosphere. You can be your complete self,” Bono said. “You don’t have to worry about people judging you.” 

This year’s “Fashion Around The World” theme took the audience on a journey that began when three professional male models — resembling airplane pilots in their Macy’s attire — prepared for takeoff.

Their initial appearance generated plenty of cheers from the crowd, which set the tone for a fun-filled show that featured spring, summer and casual looks from Cache, Posh Palace, The Gap, Banana Republic, J McLaughlin and Neiman Marcus. The show offered a little bit of everything: pants, shirts, dresses, shorts and gowns. The shoes were strappy, the purses oversized and the jewelry bold.

Black-and-white trends decorated the runway during the “Oui Paree” segment, followed by a blend of Bohemian garments. More professional models then showcased trends influenced by a Hamptons vacation before sashaying in Caribbean-inspired clothes.

“Fashion Around The World” continued with several safari-type outfits, looks designed for the Cape and styles for a night in Monte Carlo. The show ended on a high note when 13 members of the senior class modeled their prom dresses while accompanied by their dads, and for one student, her grandfather.

Lisa Ruggirello is the Mothers Guild president, and Ricci Ososkie served as the fashion show chairwoman. During the evening, Ososkie thanked all who made the event a success, including the Rochester-based Main Street Tuxedo, Laura’s Boutique and J Dell Hair Studio. Real Style coordinated and produced the show.

“Fashion Around The World” marked the seventh time Patty Stocker attended the show. Her two daughters, Morgan and Abby, graduated from Regina in 2012 and 2013, respectively. Stocker was a fashion committee member for five years and even came to the show before her daughters entered high school.

“It’s a fabulous event. It’s one of the best fundraisers for the school,” she said. “It’s a wonderful father/daughter event and something the girls work hard for and look forward to. We have to be involved in the Mothers Guild or the fashion show committee in order for your daughter to model.”

Stocker chose to enroll Morgan — the current Miss St. Clair Shores who will compete in the Miss Michigan pageant in June — and Abby in Regina so they could attend a college-prep school and experience a same-sex education setting.

“The girls tend to learn better if they’re not around the opposite sex,” Stocker said. “There’s no competition.”

Peggy Paganes’ three daughters had a choice of where they wanted to attend school, and they all chose Regina. For Paganes, the morals, virtues and religion found in their daily school lessons have kept her girls “in check.”

“I think it’s worth the money, based on keeping them grounded,” the Clinton Township resident said. “They’re a little more conservative. It keeps them focused on education and succeeding.”

For more information on Regina High School, visit www.reginahs.com or call (586) 585-0500.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Maria Allard at allard@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1045.