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MONTREAL, JUNE 2, 2004- Administrators and professionals from the schools and head office of the English Montreal School Board (EMSB) became models for a day on Tuesday, June 1 when they took part in EMSB In Vogue: Fashion for Compassion at Buffet Le Crystal in St-Laurent. More than 550 people were in attendance at the soldout event, raising $10,000 for the Shriners Hospital ( Q92 morning show host Aaron Rand and newscaster Murray Sherrifs were the very entertaining emcees.

EMSB Chairman Dominic Spiridigliozzi and Director General Antonio Lacroce commended their staff for accepting such a major undertaking. Maureen Brennan, executive director of the Shriners, accepted the cheque from Association of Montreal School Administrators (AMSA) President Dominic Furfaro. She thanked the EMSB for their support in trying to keep the Shriners in Montreal. A decision will be made in Denver in July on whether to move the pediatric orthopedic hospital to London, Ontario. Consequentlly, event co-chairs Maria Di Perna, Connie Primiano and Tina Lavranos have sent a notice to their fellow principals of all EMSB elementary schools asking for the students to write letters and make drawings urging delegates to the Shriners’ North American convention to keep the hospital in Montreal. These will then be brought to Denver and placed under the doors of the Shriners delegates.

The 40 enthusiastic models–principals, vice-principals, adult centre directors, senior management and professionals- spent several gruelling months rehearsing, under the guidance of choreographer Sandra Furfaro, the EMSB’s assistant director of Pedagogical Services. Fashion and accessories were provided by: Moores Suites, Dizaro, Baranda, Vania Spose, Rudsak, Tribal Sports Wear, C Joli, Items by Design, Triangulum Uniforms, Mery and Victor, Creations D’Oraz, Simon Chang, Hush Puppies and BCBG MAXARZIA. Balonik ( provided a spectacular balloon display. Omega Productions handled music and sound. St. Pius X Culinary Institute, Maria Di Placido Catering, Buffalo Bill’s and the World’s Greatest Cater supplied food. There were plenty of doorprizes from Bijouterie Serko, Scores, Baton Rouge, Esprit Group Ltd., Nickels, Park Avenue Furniture, Papeterie Zoubris, Boutique Olympia, the YMCA and the Shriners. Other sponsors were Aline Zerounian (1 ticket to Atlantic City) Fleuriste Madonna di Pompei, CAE Aerospace, Kaufman Laramée, Alma Printing and Autobus Transco.

Models from the schools were: Gail Somerville, Margaret Dobson, Mary Reynolds, Teresa Germano-Saucier, Darlene Kehayan, Judy Simpson, Ginette Clarke, Eileen Kelly, Connie Primiano, Tina Lavranos, Terry Quinn, Nick Katalifos, Andre Vamvakas, Howard Posh, Maria Di Perna, Carol Morrison, Katherine Snow, Evelyn Alfonsi, Leah Auclair, Rosetta Ortona-Perri, Phyllis D’Amato, Don Houston, Jim Daskalakis, Nick Primiano, Richard Wieczorek, Mario Argiropoulos, James McMorran, Richard Mason and Terry Tinker. Models from the EMSB central head office were: George Alexiou, Sophia Kakouratos, Luc Harvey, Mel Pololos, Brian Seltmann, Lew Lewis, Marie-André Veilleux, Stacy Nash, John Nicolopoulos, Tom Booth and Paul Saunders.

One of the unexpected highlights of the evening was a stunning performance by Khai Lewis-Welsh, a Grade 10 student at Marymount Academy who brought the house down with two songs. As a result, she will soon appear on the Q92 morning show. Students from the Coronation and St. Monica Steel Pan Bands, directed by Salah Wilson, performed prior to the show.

Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
Tel: (514) 483-7200 ext. 7243
Fax: (514) 483-7213