Before the show, parents and friends enjoyed an Aussie-style feast, donated by Outback Steakhouse of Island Park, as the high school string ensemble provided musical entertainment. While the seniors were busy backstage completing their transformations from typical teenagers to glamorous runway models, committee chair Glazer expressed heartfelt thanks to everyone who helped make the night a reality.
“Two months ago, we didn’t know if we would be standing here tonight,” said Glazer. “But with the support of the faculty and the help of more than 20 volunteers, we were determined to make sure that our seniors will have the night they deserve. Special thanks go out to our diamond sponsor Outback Steakhouse and Mr. and Mrs. Russell Rosenthal, as well as the Long Beach Classroom Teachers Association, Long Beach Herald, Hon. Warren Vegh and Irene Rabinor.”
Seniors Rob Delury, Paola Servellon, Michelle Skripko and Victor Tarantino acted as masters of ceremonies for the evening, announcing each couple as they paraded down the runway in glittering gowns and tuxedos. A record number of 160 seniors took part in this gala event.
Gowns and tuxedos were provided courtesy of Runway Couture of Bellmore, Femmena Dress Boutique of Lynbrook, Bridal Reflections and Snider’s Formal Wear. Teacher Maria Perrone once again choreographed the show, including the surprise finale in which all 160 students gathered on the stage together, providing a spectacular photo-op for family and friends.
Morning Madness, which is open to all seniors, features food, music and raffle prizes. The grand prizes, raffled off at the end of the evening, are a Netbook, a flat-screen TV and a brand-new car. Students must be present at the time of the raffle in order to be eligible to win these grand prizes – a powerful incentive to stay all night.
Even after the success of the fashion show, which raised $9,000, the PTSA still has a long way to go to reach its fundraising goals to be able to make June’s Morning Madness Post-Prom Party a success. Anyone interested in becoming a sponsor or making a donation to Morning Madness is invited to contact the Long Beach High School PTSA at (516) 897-2012.