PLAISTOW — About 30 models will grace the runway next month at Timberlane Regional High School to help raise money for breast cancer.

Ten teachers and 20 students are planning the "Strut for the Cure" fashion show on April 23 that will feature a silent auction and dance performances. Breast cancer survivors, including school assistant principal Maria DiNola, will address the crowd.

For Elise Saltalamacchia, a 16-year-old junior from Sandown, the cause hits close to home. Her mother's recent battle with breast cancer sparked her interest in organizing the event with a friend, Rachel Riley, 16, of Danville.

"She got really choked up, she was happy though," Saltalamacchia said of her mother's reaction to the show.

The two juniors said they've been busy over the last few weeks, collecting gifts for the auction and clothing for the models from local businesses. Both said they are excited to raise money for cancer research.

Riley said she thought about holding the event after seeing a similar fashion show held at another school. Once they presented the idea to English teacher Meaghan Guanci three weeks ago, the planning began.

The only goal for the event is to raise awareness of the disease and hopefully help to find a cure. All money raised from the event will be donated to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation.

"I think seeing the community come together is going to be a huge goal of the night," Guanci said.

Guanci said she and other administrators are proud of the work the girls have done.

"We've been at full speed trying to get this going," Guanci said.

The fashion show will be held on April 23 at 7 p.m. at the school.


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