The power of pink

Seniors Mary Douglas Wilson ’16, Jordan Sibley ’16 and Zoe Papadopoulos ’16 have teamed together for their senior project to present the Susan G. Komen Fashion show.

The fashion show is an annual senior project that benefits Susan G. Komen for the Cure, a non-profit organization whose mission is to support women diagnosed with breast cancer.

“We choose the theme Pink Power to show how people are fighting against this every day,” said Zoe. “We decided to really express the power of women’s strength. Women are very strong. We also wanted to relay the message of self checks and yearly mammograms.”

With more than 60 student participants, Norfolk Collegiate is excited to host its 12th annual fashion show to benefit Susan G. Komen of Tidewater on Sunday, Dec. 13, in the Hackney Theater at 3 p.m.

Our community should look forward to a host of new activities that the seniors have planned for this year’s show.

“We hope that this will be the best one yet,” Zoe said. “This year we have a pair of pink boxing gloves signed by Muhammad Ali’s daughter, Laila Ali. We also have a hat and guitar signed by Luke Bryan, country music singer and songwriter, which we will auction off.”

The students will have cupcakes donated and flown in from Baked by Melissa of New York.

“I have participated in the fashion show since the ninth grade, and I remember being a part of it at the Lower School,” said Mary. “This is very important to me because I have been in charge of the Bake Club for the past two years, which donates its proceeds to Susan G. Komen also.”

“The fashion show is an event some students look forward to planning from when they are young,” said Mark McElhaney, advisor. “Mary Douglas Wilson has looked forward to it since she was at the Lower School.”

Zoe also has shown interest in the show since her time at the Lower School.

“Ever since I was in the Lower School, I have wanted to be in charge of this fashion show,” she said. “I was in the fashion show many times when I was in the Lower School and throughout high school. I have always wanted to put together a fashion show and especially for a great cause like this one.”

Each year the show has raised $4,000 to $5,000 and the students are looking forward to raising that amount this year.

“This fashion show has been very successful in the past years and goes to a great cause, so I would love to continue that,” Zoe said.

This show also has a personal meaning for some of our students.

“I have known many people who are friends of my family that have successfully beaten breast cancer,” said Zoe. “I would like to spread the message of how important it is to notice signs of breast cancer and to spread the message of being strong during the process.”

Annually, students team together to show the power of team work and to bring together the Collegiate community for a great cause. There is no fee to attend the fashion show, however donations will be accepted at the door. 

“As I annually see our hard working students and the energy and spirit of the Collegiate community so successfully come together around this worthwhile cause, I am reminded why I am so fortunate to be a part of this school,” said McElhaney.





Dec. 4, 2015