Fun, Fashion, and Friendship: The 4th Annual Friends for Youth and Nordstrom Holiday Fashion Show

The 4th Annual Friends for Youth and Nordstrom Holiday Fashion Show was held Saturday morning, December 4th at Nordstrom in Palo Alto.

The event included a silent auction, baskets full of Christmas fare, little quiches to nibble on, skewers of fruit, mimosas, music, and a Christmas tree decorated with Friendship-made ornaments. In total, 112 participants showed up to support youth at risk of not reaching their full potential in the Peninsula and South Bay!

The show was organized and coordinated by the Friends for Youth board, chaired by Rob Inouye. The emcee for the event was board member Petere Miner, chair of the Fashion Show committee.

After everyone was settled in their seats surrounding the fashion runway, the program began with a panel discussion featuring the two mentoring Friendships of Will + Aureliano and Mariya + Selena. The discussion was emceed by Friends for Youth Program Coordinator Kristen Kimball.

Bringing the crowd a good chuckle, Senior Friend Will told everyone, "My favorite experience is probably just us going out to eat, I would say." Will and Aureliano have been matched for nearly two years. "It's a great learning experience" added Aureliano, referring to his involvement in Friends for Youth. "[It] will help you progress in life and become a better person."

Junior Friend Selena had kind words for her Senior Friend Mariya. "I really like how Mariya is always there for me," she said. "She's someone I can always go to for when I need help."

After the Friendships panel, the Fashion Show got underway! There were teenage styles, Women's Fashion, Men's Fashion and occasional beauty tutorials along the way. The hit of the show was, once again, Male Model Charleston, who sported a wide array of classy, debonair outfits.

The show was fun, and the time had come for the raffle prizes to be drawn. One prize, a foursome of golf, was donated back to Friends for Youth by the winner and auctioned off, finally going for $200!

Fashion show committee chair Petere reminded attendees that Friends for Youth's Fashion Show has become a vital source of support for the organization's work, adding "it is heartening to see both the growth in participation over the Show's four-year existence, and the way the event has turned into a tradition for many."

Friends for Youth hopes to see you there next year, and wishes you happy holidays this year!


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