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March 30, 2012

Lake Erie College to host “Timeless” fashion show

Proceeds to benefit the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland

(Painesville, OH) – In an effort to combine awareness with education, the Black Student Union of Lake Erie College will host a community fashion show March 30 at 8:00 p.m. in the Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic & Wellness Center.

The event, "Timeless,” features fashion, music and cultural icons from the last 40 years. This year, a portion of the proceeds will benefit the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland.

"AIDS doesn’t discriminate,” said Whitney Johnson, president of the Black Student Union. "AIDS is a huge epidemic right now, especially among young African Americans, but African Americans aren't the only people affected. AIDS can happen to anyone, of any race, at any time. So, to honor those who have been fighting and to educate those who can still protect themselves, we will support the AIDS Taskforce,” she added.

The show isn't just a strut on the catwalk. Organizers will tell you there’s a meaning behind every song and a purpose for the runway that reflects the goal in their hearts: to help those who may not be able to help themselves.

The show will feature fashions from several participating businesses in Lake County, including Raw Styles, DEB and American Commodore Tuxedo. The vintage clothing was donated by Goodwill.

Jenniffer & Co. salon of Mentor, Ohio, is donating hair and makeup services. Twenty-five models, most LEC students, will participate. "The models come from places as close as Cleveland to as far as Michigan and Texas. Together, they reflect both genders and a variety of ethnic and cultural mixes,” said Johnson.

The show will also celebrate two African American music giants, Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson. "Houston, a legend, a visionary, and a way maker, and Jackson, a record-setter, trend-setter and icon in the industry, were amazing artists. We wanted to remember them for all the good they’ve done with their music and continue in the spirit of doing good,” said Johnson.

The Black Student Union, now in its fourth year, hopes to motivate other clubs, inspire the community and shed a positive light on the students and faculty at Lake Erie College. For tickets or more information, contact Whitney Johnson at


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