SEASON OF GIVING 2017
Berkeley College Holiday Fashion Show Supports
More than 50 Berkeley College students combined their talents to present A Knight of Style Fashion Show, an event held at the Woodland Park, NJ, campus on December 1, 2017, in recognition of the global health initiative, World AIDS Day. Comprised of students modeling styles arranged by their peers, the fashion show collected more than 80 toys that the AIDS Resource Foundation for Children (ARFC) will deliver to youth in need during the holiday season.
The nonprofit organization helps children and families impacted by HIV/AIDS, or who have other serious medical conditions, to be resilient and build healthier futures.
“This donation of toys will help us bring joy to hundreds of families this holiday season,” said Kevin Zealand, Executive Director, ARFC. “Berkeley College students’ support of vulnerable children and families demonstrates compassion and a commitment to their community that will serve them well in future endeavors.”
Student models appeared on the runway while donning the latest trends in fashion during an event organized by student members of the Berkeley College Fashion Club. The evening also featured musical performances and poetry readings from students, as well as dance routines from the Royal Heat Dance Squad.
“Collaborating with fellow students on this event reinforced the importance of teamwork and leadership for me,” said Palenia Pichardo of Paterson, NJ, President of the Berkeley College Fashion Club in Woodland Park. “It also gave us the chance to create an event on World AIDS Day that will hopefully encourage those in attendance to support others, no matter what their health condition.”
Morgan Wilson of Hackensack, NJ, President of the Berkeley College Fashion Club in Paramus, said it is important for students to give back to their communities.
“It teaches us to find compassion within ourselves,” Ms. Wilson said. “The reward in giving back is realizing you’ve made a positive change in someone’s life, and ultimately in your community.”
While many of its members are enrolled in the Berkeley College Fashion Merchandising and Management program, each chapter of the Berkeley College Fashion Club also comprises students from other majors. The Berkeley College Fashion Merchandising and Management program integrates the creative and business aspects of the fashion industry with current technologies, covering the complete fashion global supply chain.
Photo Captions: (Top) A Berkeley College student models during A Knight of Style Fashion Show at the Woodland Park campus. The event collected toy donations for the AIDS Resource Foundation for Children. (Above) Kevin Zealand, Executive Director, AIDS Resource Foundation for Children (third from left) receives toy donations from Berkeley College students and officials during A Knight of Style Fashion Show.
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