Town & Gown: Ambitious JSU students stage fashion show in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month
By Ebonee Roston, a student worker in the JSU Office of Public Relations

During the month of October many JSU organizations and community service volunteers have staged numerous events and fundraisers in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Events have varied from getting free exams, participating in a 5K walk and having a great barbecue dinner, to having the opportunity to learn a lot about maintaining overall good health. And the many successful events at JSU have inspired even more students to get involved.

Delisha Ledford, sophomore nursing student at JSU, along with Jonathan Stringer, sophomore music major, are two more students who have decided to branch out and stage their own event – a fashion show.

“Basically Jonathan Stringer and I came up with this idea because we believe that even though we are not in an organization, we can still do something positive on this campus,” said Ledford.

Ledford and Stringer have thought about and planned this event since the summer break. Other students including DeAunna Harris, Benjamin Irby and members of the Forever Young Modeling Troupe (FYMT) are also participants in this effort. Each student plays a different role and has a major part in organizing this fashion show. Ledford and Stringer are the executive producers, Harris is the fashion coordinator and Irby is the producer.

“Each person has a certain job, but at the end of the day it’s all about doing something positive and giving the students an opportunity to grow,” said Ledford.

This group of students made the decision to include FYMT because they have more experience in performing on the runway. Other service organization members and faculty members who are cancer survivors will also be involved in this fashion show.

The show will take place on Wednesday, November 13, at 7 p.m. at the Jacksonville Community Center. Admission is a $2 for those wearing some pink attire and $3 for others. All of the proceeds will be donated to a breast cancer support group in Anniston -- the Steel Magnolias. After the show, there will be a mixer for fraternities and sororities that includes a chance to participate in the first annual “Breast Cancer Stroll-Off.” The winning team will receive a trophy.

The fashion show was originally scheduled for October 23, but it had to be rescheduled. “Even though October is over, we can still raise awareness,” said Ledford.

The theme is New York -- very chic with pink carpet and chairs facing the runway. There will be finger foods for the guests to enjoy. “The setting will be very ‘I Love Pink New York.’ Be classy, but after you can always have fun. It’s going to be a laid-back situation,” said Ledford.

“I want people to know that you don’t have to be in an organization to do something. You can plan it on your own and still be known as a leader. Everyone thinks you have to be in this organization or need to be in that organization. No. It’s not the organization you need to be in but what you can bring to the table. If you want to do it, go ahead and do it and prove them wrong,” said Ledford. “I’m including everybody and I want people to be involved. To unite everybody in one cause, that’s a great thing to do,” she said.

People should expect to see more from Ledford. She is planning to start a program on campus to help Piedmont Elementary and Kitty Stone Elementary Schools develop a program for kids who are in need.

“We should give back because they look up to us,” she said.

“This is for fun and a good cause at the same time. I asked President and Mrs. Meehan to come. I’m also sending invitations to vice presidents of the university and deans of every department to come and support this cause. They are going to try and make an appearance. I want the mayor of Jacksonville to come. I’m working on that,” she said.

The show is called “Pink Diamonds Last Forever,” and is going to have four different scenes. The first scene is “Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend” which will contain diamonds and fur. The second scene is “From Rags To Riches” and the audience will see vests, baggy pants, and box braids. The third scene is “Girls Night Out” which will feature clothes from Dillard’s.

“It will be very elegant,” Ledford added.

The fourth scene will be “I’m Every Woman.” Everything will be pink. Breast cancer survivors walk out at the end. Jasmine, a member of FYMT, will sing the first part of Whitney Houston’s song, “I’m Every Woman.”

“We will be tweeting about it and Facebooking about it. Just watch out! I want this to be a big success,” said Ledford.

For more information, call Ebonee Roston at 256.782.5636.
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