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Dressing up and S.H.O.W.ing off

Some girls would kill to relive their high school prom.

Lady Dunn Hall proctor Alexa MacDonald gets to do it every year – or at least since she began modelling for Lady Dunn Hall’s annual Fashion S.H.O.W. (Students Honour Our Women).

“Everybody has a prom dress that [they] never get to wear again ever . . . [and] chances are many of the people you go to university with never got to see you at prom,” said the third-year UNB kinesiology student, who will be modelling her sister’s prom dress this year after modelling her own the year before.

“This is a fun way to get all dressed up and support a great cause. It’s my favourite section of the show.”

It’s also one of the newest.

The formal wear section of Lady Dunn Hall’s annual fashion fundraiser for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation is just one of several recent additions set to make this year’s event the best ever.

Now in its 19th year, the long-standing fundraiser showcases everything from the latest in Fredericton fashions – which are loaned by local stores and modelled by UNB students like MacDonald – to entertainment by local artists, with all funds raised going toward the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

It’s an evening that proctor Hunter Kelly has looked forward to every year since she “accidentally” modelled for the event during her first year at Lady Dunn Hall.

“One of the girls dropped out and I was the only person who could fit into her clothes and was willing to dance,” said Kelly with a laugh.

“A year later I was organizing it.”

While Kelly will not be organizing this year’s event, she will indeed be participating, this time by modelling her house’s merchandise. But it’s not the clothing that keeps Kelly coming back.

“The [main] goal since it’s a fundraiser is to raise money [but] I find it brings our house a lot closer together,” she said.

“[Also], you don’t want to mess with tradition. If it’s going well you might as well keep it going.”

Lady Dunn Hall vice-president Denise Porter took over the reins of this year’s event. Set to showcase attire from stores like Sport Chek, Boathouse, Subtowne and East Coast Lifestyle – not to mention the emcee stylings of Lady Dunn Hall alumni Lee Thomas and Nicole Johnston – Porter has high hopes for this year’s show.

“We’ll have a section for each store and in between sets, we’ll have different performances. We also have a guest speaker from the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation,” said Porter.

“It’s for a really good cause [but] it’s also a lot of fun.”

This year’s Lady Dunn Hall Fashion S.H.O.W. will take place at UNB’s DKT cafeteria on Saturday, Feb. 22. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with a $5 admission – $15 less than years prior.

It’s a change MacDonald hopes will encourage more students and alumni to attend.

“This year we’re giving students much more of a financial [break],” she said.

“The more people who come out, the better we’ll do and the more money we’ll raise.”

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