Regina will ‘Step into Fashion’

Annual fashion show fundraiser is April 22

By: Maria Allard | C&G Newspapers | Published March 27, 2015

 Regina High School student Maria Corona walks the runway with her father, Rick, during last year’s fashion show fundraiser at the San Marino Club in Troy. This year’s fashion show, titled “Step into Fashion,” will be held April 22.

Regina High School student Maria Corona walks the runway with her father, Rick, during last year’s fashion show fundraiser at the San Marino Club in Troy. This year’s fashion show, titled “Step into Fashion,” will be held April 22.

File photo by Sean Work

WARREN — It has become a tradition flanked with its own Paris-like runway. 

Every year, Regina High School parents, students, alumni and friends gather for the school’s annual fashion show that the Regina Mothers Guild sponsors. The goal is to raise money for the school.

It’s not too late to join the fashion-savvy party. Tickets are still on sale for this year’s “Step into Fashion” show that arrives in style April 22 at the San Marino Club, 1685 E. Big Beaver Road in Troy. Tickets are $60 each and include dinner, the fashion show, and the opportunity to support the students of Regina. There is also a cash bar.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and dinner will be served at 7 p.m. The vogue fashion show kicks off at about 8:15 p.m. and will continue for about an hour. Professional models from the talent agency Real Style, in Clawson, will strut the catwalk in spring and summer trends featuring clothing from various local retailers. The fashionable evening also includes raffles with the opportunity to win gift baskets and cash. The annual event usually attracts more than 500 people.

“For me, it’s a very positive event. It’s a great way to get together with some friends for a fun evening,” fashion show chair Ricci Ososkie said. “People really have a great time.”

Planning began last September, and many parents associated with the school dedicate their time to make the show a success. Money raised at the event will benefit the Regina’s Mother Guild, which supports various projects at the school.

“It’s a great time. Every year you go there is something unique. The atmosphere is fun, and there are wonderful prizes. It gets you ready for spring and summer,” Mothers Guild President Lisa Ruggirello said. “We just want to make as much money as we can so we can give back.”

A highlight of the show is the segment in which several RHS seniors — with their dads as their escorts — model their prom dresses on the runway.

“It’s a very special part of the program,” Ososkie said.

“When you see the daughters walk with their dads, it’s just really sweet,” Ruggirello said.

Ruggirello’s daughter Lauren will participate with her dad, Chuck Ruggirello, this year. Their daughter Marisa, who graduated in 2013, also sashayed the runway with Chuck two years ago.

Ososkie said the fashion show raises about $25,000 each year. Other fundraisers are held during the year, but the fashion show is the largest one. The money raised is primarily used for technological updates at the school and scholarships for students.

“Last year, they wired the school for Wi-Fi,” Ruggirello said. She added that the Mothers Guild members also have a “teacher’s closet” of supplies that they purchase for Regina staff members so they don’t have to dig in their own pockets for paper, staplers, books and other items.

Regina, located in Warren, is a private, four-year Catholic college preparatory high school for girls. Regina, which first opened in 1956, is fully accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.

“It really is a good school academically, socially and morally,” Ruggirello said. “I see the bonds the girls have created. They learn to rely on each other. They are definitely more independent, I think. The growth you see from freshman to senior is unbelievable.”

According to the school’s website, enrollment is currently at 463 students.

To purchase tickets for “Step into Fashion,” visit the Regina High School website at www.reginahs.com. Tickets also can be purchased by calling the school at (586) 585-0500. April 15 is the last day to purchase tickets.