Students may win prizes and enjoy free food at the sixth annual Skidmore Shop Fashion Show: The show also features all-day events, including a holiday discount sale at The Skidmore Shop

Posted by Julia Leef

Students will have the opportunity to win prizes, receive discounts on holiday shopping, and enjoy free food and entertainment during the sixth annual Skidmore Shop Fashion Show at 8:45 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6.

The fashion show, which will be emceed by Technology Sales and Social Program Administrator Bob Carlton, and organized by John Neil, Associate Director of Business Services and Director of The Skidmore Shop, and Dawn Greenlaw, Assistant Director of Operations at The Skidmore Shop, is part of an all-day series of activities and events for students and community members.

"We were just brainstorming about a kind of event that would be fun for us and our students and the rest of the community," Neil said when asked about the inspiration behind the event. "It has morphed into something more than where it started from, and that's part of the fun for us, trying to up the ante each year and come up with something new."

The fashion show itself will feature about 22 student, faculty and staff models, according to Neil, including some of the faculty and staff's children. The models will be able to choose their own outfits from The Skidmore Shop, and will hand out free t-shirts on the runway.

"This is an event that takes us months to plan out, talking to vendors and students and aligning everything and getting it to come together, particularly this year," Neil said, in reference to the all-day events that will be going on from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. "There's a lot of moving pieces to it."

"One of the new things that we're doing is having a photo booth set up at the atrium. We'll have someone take the photos and our friends and office services will have a color printer so students can get their photos for free," Carlton said.

This is just one of the many events that will be going on tomorrow, including the all-day holiday sale at The Skidmore Shop from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m., which features the "Wheel of Discounts" which students may spin for each purchase, the holiday buffet in the Murray-Aikins Dining Hall from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m., the Tree Lighting Ceremony, which is sponsored by Skidmore Alumni and the Student Government Association, on the Case Green from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. and the dessert reception in the Spa at 8 p.m.

"Throughout the entire year we're always sort of working, especially with our sponsors. And we have some new sponsors this year which will be fun and interesting," Carlton said. "We have some great downtown businesses getting involved this year along with some corporate sponsors."

Students will have many opportunities to win prizes offered by sponsors such as Max London's, the Comfort Kitchen, Apple and Vineyard Vines, which they can enter for starting today.

"Come on out tomorrow. Take advantage of the sales, but also take advantage of all the fun things we've planned for the evening," Carlton said. "In a big way, this is our way of thanking our Skidmore community for the support."

A full list of all the events may be found on The Skidmore Shop's tumblr page or on a poster in the Murray-Aikins Dining Hall.

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