This past weekend was certainly a beautiful one…all the way from the gorgeous spring weather to the fantastic fundraisers I attended on Friday and Saturday night!
My weekend began on Friday evening, when I attended Lincoln High School’s Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Spring Fashion Show at the Providence Marriott. While it was my first time attending this annual event, it was clear that the faculty and students had done this before! FBLA is a national organization that prepares students for future careers in business, and at Lincoln High school, FBLA consists of a group of approximately 100 students who are enrolled in a semester business course each year. The fashion show is o
ne of several fundraisers the group is involved in during the year, but it is arguably the most fun for the students involved! The students, both male and female, were models, emcees, hosts/hostesses, and backstage crew. I even witnessed a couple of our gorgeous clients modeling some very fashionable prom dresses! Katie Farrell, a sophomore, and Allison Lague, a senior, looked beautiful as they strutted their stuff! My favorite part of the evening was at the start of the show, when each model walked the runway alone, introduced him or herself, and said how the FBLA has helped prepare them for the future. As a local businessowner, it was very poignant for me to hear high school students share how they are becoming prepared for careers in business. My second favorite part of the evening was when I won not one, not two, but THREE raffle prizes!! I never win anything, so to win three things in one night was a big deal…the fact that they were all gift certificates to local businesses in Cumberland and Lincoln was even better!
The proceeds from the fashion show are used to support the Catherine Kurowski Memorial Scholarship Fund. I learned that Catherine was a student at Lincoln High in the 1980’s and she was very involved with the FBLA. Catherine died of a heart condition in 1989 while still a student, and since then, the Lincoln High FBLA has honored her memory by creating a scholarship fund in her name. To date, the fund has awarded more than $50,000 to more than 40 graduating seniors. Catherine’s mother spoke briefly at the show, and her entire family was in attendance. Bravo to the teachers and students in FBLA for their hard work, altruism, and dedication! I truly wish all of them success…maybe some of them will even decide on a career in insurance someday!
My fundraiser-filled weekend continued on Saturday night when I attended Mercymount Country Day School’s 20th annual Bids for Kids auction at the Twin River event center in Lincoln. Mercymount Country Day Schools is an elementary and junior high school located in Cumberland RI. Loiselle Insurance Agency was a proud corporate sponsor of the school’s event, which consisted of a live and silent auction, as well as numerous raffles. There were several very impressive items being auctioned off, including restaurant gift certificates, travel packages, and sports memorabilia. Some very interesting items were ones that gave parents a chance to bid on special school opportunities for their children, such as the chance to be “Principal for the Day” or the chance to be “Morning Announcer for the Week”. There was even a special appearance by New England Patriot, Logan Mankins, who donated an autographed football and pair of game-worn gloves to the lucky winner. Unfortunately, my raffle-winning luck from Friday night didn’t follow me to this event, as I didn’t win anything! I did, however, have a very enjoyable evening and was pleased to support a fantastic school!
Author: Melanie Loiselle-Mongeon, Vice President of Loiselle Insurance