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Saturday, December 20, 2014
Sandy no match for Morning Madness fashion show
By Rosemary Leonetti
Blanca Fuentes of Runway Couture helped Taylor Barje with some last-minute dress alterations as she prepared to take the stage before the start of Long Beach High School’s Morning Madness Fashion Show.

Long Beach High School seniors donned the latest in eveningwear when they walked down the runway on March 6 during the annual Morning Madness Fashion Show. Students participate in the event each year to help the Parent Teacher Student Association raise money and awareness for the annual substance-free Morning Madness After-Prom Party in June.

With so many students displaced by the storm, the PTSA was worried that attendance at the annual fashion show might be down, but a record number of seniors signed up to strut their stuff, modeling the latest prom fashions in the name of Morning Madness. Bolstered by the seniors’ enthusiasm, the PTSA managed to bring in a near record number of fashion show attendees to support this worthy cause.

This year more than ever, the PTSA said it is counting on proceeds from the fashion show to fund its annual Morning Madness post-prom event, an alcohol- and drug-free all-night party that provides seniors with a fun, safe and absolutely free place to continue their celebration after the prom.

Every year for the past 22 years, through a series of fundraising events, the PTSA has been paying for every high school senior to attend the all-night post-prom party, giving away a brand-new car and other prizes. But in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, they were not able to hold two of their biggest fundraisers. So they were counting very heavily on the proceeds from the fashion show to give this year’s graduating class – who has already faced such adversity – a morning of madness to remember.

With the support of prom adviser Adriene Glassberg and choreographer Maria Perrone, Morning Madness committee chairs Betsy Glazer, Randi Andosca, Linda Birnbaum, Rhonda Healy, Linda Morgenstern and Ann Marie Scandole saw to every detail, making sure that this would be an unforgettable night for the seniors and their families.

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