UPDATE: Door Prizes Added to Genesee's 22nd Annual Student Fashion Show

Over 40 local businesses have donated products and gift certificates to this spring's 22nd annual student Fashion Show at Genesee Community College. This year's show-City Chic-will be held on Saturday, April 24, at Genesee's Batavia Campus. Attendees to the show will have the opportunity to win one of dozens of door prizes such as store coupons and certificates. Genesee's annual Fashion Show, presented by the College's Fashion Merchandising students, is one of the largest fashion shows in Western New York, as more than 600 guests are expected to attend. Advance tickets for the fashion show will be $5, or $7 at the door. Early reservations may be made by calling 585-345-6830.

Door prizes for this year's show have been donated by the following area businesses:

• Advance Auto Parts (Batavia)
• Angelo's Temple of Style (Batavia)
• Apollo's Family Restaurant (Buffalo)
• Bailey's Sewing Center (Geneseo)
• Bramer's Tailer Sales (Warsaw)
• Brother's Restaurant (Batavia)
• Country Kitchen (Batavia)
• Daryl's Pizzeria (Perry)
• Dee's Delightful Deli (Silver Springs)
• Fashion Bug (Batavia)
• John and Mary's (Alden)
• Johnny's Bowling Lanes (Watkins Glen)
• L B Grand Restaurant (LeRoy)
• Liesure's Restaurant (Lakeville)
• Lorraine's Place (Castile)
• Mancuso Bowling Lanes (Batavia)
• Mucher Rental (Warsaw)
• Pat's Petals Florist (Lakeville)
• Pepsi-Cola Batavia Bottling Corp (Batavia)
• Perry Bowling Center (Perry)
• Photograph by Jim DeLoose (LeRoy)
• Regal Cinemas (Lancaster)
• Settler's Restaurant (Batavia)
• Stitching be Stella (LeRoy)
• Subway (Batavia)
• Sunny's Restaurant (Batavia)
• The Hiding Place (Batavia)
• The Oasis Full Service Beauty & Tanning Salon (Arcade)
• Tom Wahl's (Batavia)
• Valu (Alden)
• Valu Home Centers (Batavia)
• Village House Restaurant (Albion)
• Vincenzo's Pizzeria (Lakeville)

Major corporate sponsors for this year's show, supplying clothing and other materials, include David's Bridal (Southtown Plaza), Deb (Marketplace Mall), Fashion Bug (Batavia), Galyans (Walden Galleria Mall), Hot Topic (Walden Galleria Mall), Stein Mart (West Seneca), Wal-Mart (Batavia), and Zip-Tor (Batavia). In addition to a substantial donation of clothing and other goods, Batavia Wal-Mart has also presented a $1,000 check to the College's Fashion Merchandising students in support of the show.

Stan's Harley-Davidson (Batavia) will be displaying motorcycles, and S & S Limousine of LeRoy will have a vehicle on display at the entrance to the show.

Stein Mart store manager Liz Schmid, of Buffalo, and Fashion Bug store manager Jackie Gerace, of Batavia, are graduates of Genesee's Fashion Merchandising program, as are many other store managers in Western New York.

The fashion show will present the hottest colors and trends from local and regional stores. From sportswear to career wear, from custom, hand-made garments to formal and bridal wear, from children's styles to teen styles to club styles-there is something for everyone. The show will be followed by refreshments and entertainment from the Joe Santora Trio.

"This is a very elaborate, professionally staged show," says M. Richard Dudkowski, Professor of Fashion Merchandising Management. "Students have to handle everything from budgetary arrangements to staging. It's wonderful practice for these students, who will soon be filling responsible positions in many different retail and sales organizations throughout New York State and beyond."

Twenty-one fashion students are involved in producing, choreographing, and promoting this year's show. They include area residents as well as students from other parts of the state and abroad, according to Professor Dudkowski.

2002-2003 Genesee Community College Fashion Merchandising Students:

Ricci Bramer (Portageville, NY)
Trina Cox (Wyoming, NY)
Michelle Dauphinee (Brockport, NY)
Chris DeLong (Batavia, NY)
Jackie Gardner (Batavia, NY)
Saori Inagaki (Tokyo, Japan)
Jeff Kowalczyk (Bowmansville, NY)
Sandy Lubin (Half Hollow Hills, NY)
Meeka Margreno (Canisteo, NY)
Shea McKinney (Clyde, NY)
Heather Nidell (Delevan, NY)
Alen Pease (Geneseo, NY)
Kathleen Penders (Buffalo, NY)
Phil Privitera (LeRoy, NY)
Erica Rzeznik (Alden, NY)
Marquita Smith (Rochester, NY)
Shawna Taggert (LeRoy, NY)
Olga Tavelaris (Albion, NY)
Kristen Temple (Batavia, NY)
Tina Tracey (Attica, NY)
Sayaka Yabe (Japan)