Local designers, student performers and models all contributed to an entertaining and elegant Tri Gamma event last Saturday night, which raised over $7,000 for Carb DM, a foundation helping those with Type 1 diabetes. The nursing sorority of Tri Gamma has been putting on a annual fundraising fashion show for the last 53 years. The models are sorority sisters, and the designers are from local boutiques and shops around the Bay Area. The long-running tradition supports different charities every year by selling tickets, raffling off baskets and hosting a silent auction.
The designated masters of ceremonies, seniors Kelsey Lowe and Danielle Rodriguez, took the mic to solely present the silent auction and gift basket winners. Lucky winners received prizes, including baskets full of baking items, camping gear and game night activities, each donated by the Tri Gamma classes.
Sophomore nursing majors and fashion show coordinators, Jessica Casero and Anya Miller, welcomed the audience and hosted the rest of the night of stylish looks and amazing performances. The featured designers included The Stylist LA, Gala, Morning Lavender and Marine Layer. The Stylist LA brought feminine, chic outfits to the catwalk in McLaren Hall. This included a peach chiffon pantsuit and a show-stopping maroon dress with a side slit. Student models perfected their runway model walks as they gracefully step-ball-changed with their right hands on their hips. Another highlight designer was Morning Lavender, who, funnily enough, brought out a floral lavender romper as their first piece. It was followed by multiple two-piece dresses and a gorgeous black v-neck, high-low dress.
Adding humor to the night of glamour, USF Bookstore had their very own segment. They sent out models wearing USF gear, including windbreakers, sweatshirts and hats. The models sassily walked down the catwalk, accessorizing their USF spirit wear with hilarious dramatic expressions and movements.
Several student performances gave the night a lively vibe, as musicians and dancers brought a casual atmosphere to the upscale event. Tri Gamma’s new pledging class came out in matching outfits, including white shirts with the event’s logo, to show off their choreographed dance, set to a remix of Lady Gaga’s music. They danced up and down the catwalk, occasionally in pairs, doing simple and adorable moves, making the parents in the audience smile and their friends giggle.
Circus Season, an alternative band comprised of four USF students, kicked off the event with a rowdy rock song, dancing around the catwalk. USF’s accapela team, 6, performed “Lips are Movin” by Meghan Trainor as students and their families danced in their seats, singing along with the talented group of musicians. Four performers from USF’s modern dance company, Vitality, danced delicately and elegantly to Johnny Balik’s “I Need It.” The last performance of the night was Hawaiian Ensemble, whose performance in traditional hula outfits set with Pa’u skirts and Tahitian head heis gave the audience a taste of the culture of the Hawaiian islands.
At the end of the night, each graduating Tri Gamma sister walked down the catwalk with their families, friends or little. Each escort donned the graduating Tri Gamma sister with an embroidered Tri Gamma stole and cords. Some parents cheered, while others wept bittersweet tears. The night served as a sweet send-off for the graduating class, a welcome for the new members and as a successful fundraiser for Carb DM.
The online version of this story has been corrected from the print copy. Chapters has been changed to Classes and the Master of Ceremonies and the Host have been distinguished as two separate roles.