CASA Cares raises money in style

Move over New York, Milan and Paris. Concordia is taking over the runway this year. “CASA Cares”, a subdivision of the Commerce and Administration Student Association (CASA), is organizing its annual CASA Cares Fashion show, slated for March 27.

Forget Tyra Banks and Naomi Campbell, Concordia’s very own talented students, will be gracing the catwalk to raise funds for World Vision Charity.

“We hope to sponsor at least two children, one boy and one girl, for a period of two years,” said Erika Maddoo, CASA Cares President and VP Human Resources for CASA.

Once the costs of the show are covered and the charity receives its donation, CASA will donate the balance to help build a hospital abroad, a project Dr. Danielle Morin of the John Molson school of business is involved with.

CASA Cares was created in 1997 as a subdivision of CASA that is more involved with giving back to the community. The organization is working hard to make this year’s event a success for the charities it sponsors and fun for everyone involved.

“Our goal for the show this year is to make it an entertaining and interactive event,” explained Maddoo. “We encourage all of the participants to be expressive […] and have fun with the experience. We know we are!”

No Roberto Cavalli or Dolce & Gabbana. CASA Cares is even leaving behind Donatella Versace. Fashions from Annex, Bertoni, Gaz, Miss Sixty, Nevik, Space FB, Style Exchange, Suteki, Rudsak and many more will be on display during the event.

Although the clothing is on loan from the boutiques, several businesses have sponsored the event in terms of door prizes. Maddoo says they are still looking for financial contributions and are open to anyone who is willing to help.

DJ Image, a local talent, will provide the musical backdrop for the event free of charge. The organization has chosen “to include several different types of dance scenes,” said Maddoo, making the show more dynamic.

The audience can also expect a well-rehearsed show as the models have been practicing their strut three nights a week. “Rehearsals have been running smoothly. [The models] have been absolutely amazing,” raved Madoo.

She’s excited and promises that, “people can expect to see a fun and colorful show.”

The event will be held at Club Soda Thursday, March 27, 2003 at 8 p.m. Tickets can be purchased starting next week at the CASA office (1550 de Maisonneuve, GM building room 218-7). Presale price is 15$ and includes the chance to win door prizes. The price is raised to 18$ at the door.

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