2016-03-31 / Around Town

'Night to Remember' Was Unforgettable


Student creativity abounded and could even be seen high above those attending. Student creativity abounded and could even be seen high above those attending. Nearly 200 people came out to the Newport Art Museum on Thursday, March 24, to support “A Night to Remember,” a fundraiser to help lower the cost of this year’s prom for students at Rogers High School.

The main event was a fashion show, with models on the runway wearing high-end, off-the-rack garments from local stores, “Decked Out Denim” decorated jeans by Rogers High School students, formals by designer Maria Del Carmen Mercado from Providence, and duct-tape cocktail dresses by Hayley Pires, a 2010 graduate of Rogers and a 2014 graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology.

Organizers enlisted a group of local dignitaries to walk the runway. Among the "celebrities" who walked the walk were Newport Mayor Jeanne-Marie Napolitano, Newport School Superintendent Colleen Jermain and Assistant Superintendent Jennifer Booth, Rogers High School Principal Jeff Goss, and coaches Larry and Mike Newsome. It was hard to tell who was having more fun: the models or the community of friends, fans, and students gathered in the museum’s Ilgenfritz Gallery.



Mac Leys, left, and Riley Bolan, both wearing “Decked Out Denim” jeans decorated by fellow students. (Their shirts were from the New England Harbour Club.) Mac Leys, left, and Riley Bolan, both wearing “Decked Out Denim” jeans decorated by fellow students. (Their shirts were from the New England Harbour Club.)

Rogers alumna Hayley Pires adjusts one of her new duct-tape designs on model Jill Buffington. Rogers alumna Hayley Pires adjusts one of her new duct-tape designs on model Jill Buffington.

Senior Jesse Simmons was one of the Rogers students participating in the prom fundraiser. (Her dress courtesy of the New England Harbour Club.) Senior Jesse Simmons was one of the Rogers students participating in the prom fundraiser. (Her dress courtesy of the New England Harbour Club.)

Colleen Jermain, Superintendent of Newport Public Schools, was among the “celebrity” models on the runway. (Her ensemble provided by Michael Hayes.) 
(Photos Jen Carter,Rich Hudson, andPeter Mellekas) Colleen Jermain, Superintendent of Newport Public Schools, was among the “celebrity” models on the runway. (Her ensemble provided by Michael Hayes.) (Photos Jen Carter,Rich Hudson, andPeter Mellekas)

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