For more than a dozen high school students, last Sunday wasn't just about getting dressed for church. It was also about the opportunity to model festive, flowing prom gowns, don picture-perfect makeup and show off lovely up-do's and curled hair for the Prom Peek-a-Boo fashion show. Better yet, it was for a good cause.
Held at Westbury House in downtown Columbia, the afternoon event was a benefit for Central High School's (CHS) Best Buddies chapter and was sponsored by Lace and Co. Bridal boutique, which provided the dresses the young ladies modeled. CHS juniors Annabelle Carnahan and Lilli Beck not only did an amazing job organizing the event in conjunction with Dawn Gray of Lace and Co., but they also emceed the event with finesse.
Although the fundraiser was specifically for Central High School's Best Buddies chapter, the models also represented other public and private schools from around Maury County, including: Hampshire Unit School, Columbia Academy, Mt. Pleasant High School, Spring Hill High School, Zion Christian Academy and Culleoka Unit School.
The models included:
Madelyne Brooks from Hampshire Unit School
Cassidy Chambley from Columbia Academy
Elley Colvett from Mt. Pleasant High School
Lili Finney from Columbia Central High School
Laura Leigh Harris from Columbia Central High School
Madi Hay from Mt. Pleasant High School
Alayna Keeling from Columbia Academy
Hannah Lightfoot from Hampshire Unit School
Brooklyn Prewett from Spring Hill High School
Ansley Roberts from Zion Christian Academy
Anna Cat Shepard from Columbia Central High School
Dacey Thompson from Culleoka Unit School
Shelby Tiger from Columbia Central High School
Kaelyn Wilson from Zion Christian Academy
Mrs. Tricia Beck created the flowers for the event, including the beautiful arrangement that was given out as a door prize at the end of the event. Other door prizes were provided by Lace and Co., Ye Peddler, Sister Kate's Boutique and Beck Dental Care. Sister Kate's also provided the outfits for the CHS Best Buddies who attended.
Best Buddies is a nonprofit organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). As a result of their involvement with the program, people with IDD secure rewarding jobs, live on their own, become inspirational leaders and make lifelong friendships.
The event raised $1100 for the chapter, which uses the funds strictly for the Best Buddies program.