Greenwich cheerleaders gearing up for fashion show Sunday

With the cold chill in the air and the clocks already turned back an hour, that means it’s getting close to the holiday shopping season.

This time of year also means that the Greenwich High School cheerleading team is gearing up for its 6th Annual Holiday Boutique and Fashion Show.

“I am really excited about the fashion show,” GHS head coach Maryanne Catalano said. “It’s a really great day and it should be fun. Everybody is chipping in and it’s fun because the senior girls waited four years for this.”

 

On Sunday at 1, senior members of the GHS cheerleading team take the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Old Greenwich by storm and will model fashions from The Side Door. Members of the GHS football team will also escort them down the runway.

“This is my third year doing it and it’s great for all the seniors,” cheerleader Amanda Rosabella said. “The football players, the cheerleaders and all the seniors all become closer. We get to show the town of Greenwich who we are and it’s a great day for every one.”

In addition to the fashion show, there will be a silent auction and over 20 boutiques will be on hand to sell items for the holiday season.

While the cheerleaders do whatever it takes to be involved with the town of Greenwich, such as volunteering in the junior league, go to races to cheer athletes on, visit nursing homes, as well as cheer for the Big Red football and basketball teams, the town returns the favor for this event.

Do’s Hair in Greenwich will wash and blow dry the model’s hair for the event, while Zen Bronze will give the GHS senior cheerleaders a spray tan for the event.

“A lot of businesses in town have been so generous and have donated gift certificates for us and items for our silent auction,” Catalano said. “Everybody in the town is kind of chipping in to make this day so much fun. With over 20 vendors selling stuff for the holidays, we actually will have a bigger room this year.”

“It’s my first year cheering, but I am still a senior, so it’s going to be exciting to be a part of it,” Jana Bartomoil said. “It’s nice that we get to take a break from all the practicing. The seniors get their hair done, get a tan and get nice clothes to wear to model.”

Tickets to the event are $40 for adults and $15 for students, with all the proceeds going towards the Greenwich High cheerleading program.

‘I think it’s fun for the team,” Catalano said. “They get distracted some times because it’s too much fun. It’s great that they get to go to Side Door and pick out the clothes they are going to model and that they get their hair done. The underclassmen are excited for the seniors. We have a lot of guests coming to see this and we hope to see a lot of the Greenwich community at the event.”

The money raised at the event goes directly back to the cheerleading program and helps them with numerous activities, such as choreography, stunting clinics, the end of the season banquet, competition season, team sweatshirts and scholarships.

“I think it gives girls the opportunity to be a part of something, without the financial worry,” said Erin Montague, assistant cheerleading coach at GHS. “The fund raising kind of helps some girls find a home here at Greenwich High School. This connects the community to the girls and vice versa. They are proud that they are representing Greenwich cheerleading and are asking people to donate and thanking them. The girls get to see what their efforts combined on that one day.”

“I am really looking forward to this,” added freshman Estella Perron. “I really like that we are all included in this and the younger girls could see what it’s all about being on the team. I am expecting this event to be a lot of fun and a really good turnout. Everything looks really cool.”

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