Tomorrow: C.Thomas, D.Hughes in Fashion-Benefit After-School Programs

By Ernie Padaon

Hope you all are able to make it out to the fashion show tomorrow to benefit after-shool programs. Cam Thomas and Dante Hughes will be part of the festivities and I hope to see you all out there. Here is the info on the event:

Merges Local Celebrities and Philanthropy at Bloomingdale’s Fashion ValleyBloomingdale’s Fashion-aiding™ event encourages students to pursue their passion for fashion.

WHO/WHAT:San Diego After-School All-Stars hosts Fashion-aiding™ Holiday Mingle and Jingle, afashion event at Bloomingdale’s Fashion Valley to recognize local youth in after-schoolprogramming. The event features a star-studded runway show with special guestsChargers’ Cam Thomas and Dante Hughes; San Diego Padres’ Will Venable; WWE’s DaveBatista; local media personalities Frankie V., Geena the Latina, Jenny Cavnar, SharonHeilbrun and Ruben Galvan; and reality stars Robert Ortiz, Kiptyn Locke and TenleyMolzahn . Fashion-aiding™ invites Holiday shoppers to cross off their wish lists, whileenjoying the season’s hottest trends styled by local students learning about the fashionindustry.

San Diego After-School All-Stars students will provide entertainment throughoutthe store including cooking demonstrations, yoga and zumba performances, a steeldrum show and holiday gift-wrapping and student-designed jewelry for shoppers topurchase. Fashion-aiding™ is a new branch of After-School All-Stars’ Career ExplorationOpportunity (C.E.O.) program, which gives students the tools, knowledge and hands-on experience to pursue careers. The organization and Bloomingdale’s will develop afull fashion curriculum, with the goal to develop more opportunities for professionaldevelopment.

Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011 Event begins at 4:30 p.m. Fashion show begins at 6 p.m.

Bloomingdale’s, Fashion Valley 7057 Friars Rd. San Diego, CA 92108

WHY AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMMING IS IMPORTANT TO SAN DIEGO:• The San Diego Chapter of After-School All-Stars serves more than 25 schools and 3,500students in San Diego county; the majority of which are below the federal poverty line,minority students and are very high-risk to dangerous behaviors and influences• It costs $252,000 to incarcerate a juvenile for one year and only $1,300 to support onechild in an after-school program for one year, which is equivalent to an extra 3 months of schooling, per child, per year