Polytech students and members of the school's Project Unify club came together on Friday night to put on a fashion show.
The purpose of the fashion show was to spread awareness about physical and mental disabilities and to raise money for Project Unify. Tickets for the fashion show were $5 for non-students and $2 for students.
"Proceeds go to our Project Unify Club which allows us continue to raise awareness of the challenges that people with disabilities face. Overall we raised about $500," said Amy Blansfield, one of the advisors for the Project Unify club.
One of the ways that the students informed audience members about disabilities was by marching onto stage carrying signs with the names of various physical and mental disabilities written on them, such as Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Cystic Fibrosis and Cerebral Palsy. When the students flipped their signs over they came together the spell the word awareness.
During intermission the emcees, Lenny Richardson, dean of students at Polytech, and Macky Trabaudo, an admissions counselor at the school, queued up some videos about cerebral palsy and service dogs.
For the main event of the evening students showed off the latest fashion trends with themes such as a day at the beach, lazy days and date night. They also performed skits to go along with the themes. The skits included everything from a snowball fight for the winter segment, to a "Bachelor" spoof for the date night theme.
"We thought it was an interesting, fun way to spread awareness about our club and about disabilities," said Sarah Hyde, a senior office of the Project Unify club.
According to Hyde, the student have been preparing for the show since the beginning of the winter.
The event's grand finale was a display of prom fashion which included two dance numbers. First, four couples doing the modeling performed a very smooth ballroom dance. Then the entire cast joined in for the "Harlem Shake."
"I think it went really well," said Avery Chandler, the other senior officer for the Project Unify club. "We had a lot of practice, we had a nice turn out and the audience seemed to like it."