Food, fashion and fun are on the menu of a student-organized fundraiser in downtown Oneonta on Friday.
Fashion for Food at the Oneonta Elks Club will feature dozens of students modeling clothes from Transitions Boutique and some of their own creations, accessories from Edward Teleky Jeweler and cosmetics by Arbonne International.
Students at the State University College at Oneonta are organizing the dinner event, which will raise money for St. Mary’s Food Pantry in Oneonta.
Doors at the Elks Club on Chestnut Street will open at 5:30 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6 p.m., with the models starting the fashion show at about 6:45 pm.
“It’s going to be a good time,” Oscar Oberkircher, food service and restaurant administration program director, said Monday.
The dinner, which costs $10, includes penne ala vodka with chicken, spaghetti with meat sauce and farfalle pasta with a vegetarian pomodoro sauce, plus a garlic cheese bread, house salad and yellow or chocolate cake, he said.
This year, three SUNY Oneonta students in his event planning course are arranging Fashion for Food. The students are Jorie Cohen and Jessica Monteiro and Kacie Evans.
“We want a big success,” Evans, 20, a SUNY Oneonta junior from Washingtonville, said. However, they also are focusing on establishing the event to be offered annually, according to Evans, who said “giving back” to the community is important.
Fashion for Food originated in 2012 through a SUNY Oneonta consumer resource management course taught by Starr Hobb. The first Food for Fashion raised between $800 and $1,000, officials said.
Friday’s show is the second time students are organizing the event, and the goal is to raise $2,300 to $2,500, which is the cost of running the pantry for one month, officials said.
Janice Hinkley, outreach coordinator at St. Mary’s Church, said she was impressed with the initiative, energy and professionalism of the three students organizing Fashion for Food.