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MADD fashion show features juniors
Alexis Mulherin, one of the Team NEXT models. - photo by Photo courtesy Dolores B. Photography
Team NEXT is a fashion show with a message.

The event, to be held Tuesday starting at 6 p.m. at Chez Shari restaurant at the Manteca Community Golf Course, is a fund-raiser for M.A.D.D. – Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

Manteca portrait photographer Dolores Baluyut of Dolores B. Photography which is sponsoring the fashion show said the choice of M.A.D.D. as the recipient of all the fashion show proceeds is to help raise public awareness, especially high school teens, to the dangers and sometimes tragic consequences of driving while under the influence. The message “goes hand in hand with the high school kids (featured as models) and with the event being close to graduation time” when students party and celebrate this milestone, said Baluyut, an award-winning photographer.

Adding to the timeliness of this fashion show for M.A.D.D. is the fact the annual anti-drunk driving “Every 15 Minutes” program targeting high school students will be held two days after the fund-raiser.

All the 15 models are junior high school students at the three secondary campuses in Manteca – Manteca High, Sierra High, and East Union. Five seniors from the same schools will be helping as well that evening, greeting guests at the door and collecting donations for the raffle prizes to be given away.

Featured in the fashion show will be clothes from two clothing stores at the Vintage Faire Mall in Modesto – Buckle and American Eagle Outfitter. These are among the “most popular clothing stores that high school students like to shop at,” said Baluyut who plans to stage this event every year.

“Once the kids found out (about the two stores), they all wanted to participate. They are all excited,” she said.

The Dolores B. Team NEXT is actually part of her studio’s “program for our juniors who are going to be seniors,” Baluyut said.

She said Chez Shari has generously donated their facility for this fund-raiser.

Other businesses that are helping out include Deejay Todd Davis of Sound Express who will provide the fashion show music, Emelie Shaw of Let’s Make-up Cosmetics who will be the official make-up person for all the models, and Mimosa Spa Salon which will be doing the hair of all the models.

Among the local businesses donating gift boxes and certificates for the raffle prizes are Stockton Ports (four tickets), Olive Oil Pantry, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Queen Bee Spa, Round Table Pizza, In-N-Out Burger, A Perfect Tan, Matsuyama Japanese restaurant, Manteca Café and Dolores B. Photography which is donating a $500 worth of gift card for a studio sitting. Art of Dance in Manteca will also take part with two performances for the audience to enjoy.

Seats to the fashion show are limited; early reservations are encouraged. Admission fee is $5 before the event, or $6 at the door.

For further details, call (209) 629-8090 or log on to Chez Shari is located at 305 N. Union Road in Manteca.