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DECA prom fashion show season starts
First shows Thursday at South
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Forsyth County News

If you’re going

* What: Red, White and DECA Prom Fashion Show

* When: 5:30 and 8 p.m. Thursday

* Where: South Forsyth High School Performing Arts Center, 585 Peachtree Pkwy.

* Cost: $7 at the door or in advance by calling (770) 781-2264, Ext. 100213

South Forsyth marketing students will kick off this year’s series of prom fashion shows at local high schools.

The DECA marketing club will present its annual parade of trendy formal fashions for both young women and men at 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Thursday in the school’s performing arts center.

The fashion show, with its “Red, White and DECA” theme, will honor veterans and raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project, a nonprofit that helps injured soldiers.

The show is open to the public and tickets, which are $7, can be bought at the door or in advance by calling (770) 781-2264, Ext. 100213.

According to information from the school, students in both the fashion marketing, and sports and entertainment marketing classes have been busy planning the event since August. Other members of DECA club are also involved with the project each year.

Some 60 students will model during the show. Several of those will be joined onstage by parents, grandparents or other relatives who have served in the U.S. military.

Rachel Gagnon, a junior who will be modeling, considers it “such an honor to walk in the show with my uncle, a former Marine, and my grandfather, who served in the Air Force.”

“I can’t think of a better way to thank them for their service,” she said.

Prom fashion shows have become a big part of all the DECA marketing clubs in Forsyth, with each of the five public high schools presenting one for its students and respective communities.

Funds raised through ticket sales go toward helping DECA students compete at regional, state and national competitions. Additional donations are accepted during intermission for various nonprofits, such as the Wounded Warrior Project.

Besides fashion, Thursday’s show will also feature the musical and dance talents of South students through choreographed numbers.

According to information from the school, those who help out behind the scenes also gain valuable marketing experience through “planning and creating a large revenue-generating event and brainstorming ways to raise money beyond selling tickets to the show.”