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Page 8 POST-GAZETTE, JUNE 22, 2012 Newburyport Friday Night Out Fashion Event Clothes for _---_ ,pe Presented by Newburyport Development and Chase & Lunt Insurance A feature length fashion show Styled by Boston designer Denise Hajjar featuring all the hot new summer styles from Newburyport's favorite stores. Professional models along with local women, children and men strutted down the runway to the roar of the crowd. Interlocks Salon gave complimentary make-up tips -- false eyelashes, makeovers and polish for your nails. While other guests sipped on wines and cocktails and enjoyed hors d'oeuvi-es from the fine restaurants in Newburyport. Michael's Harborside Restaurant dished out some delicate delights, along with Oregana Pizzeria & Ristorante's salads and pizza. Every guest received a swag bag from Institution for Savings filled with great items from favorite local merchants and coupon offers valid all summer long. Channel 5's Liz Brunner was the emcee for the event held under a tent on the Marina. The charity -- Clothes for Hope, Inc., a non-profit organization designed to raise funds for the purpose of providing educational assis- Laureen Sundstrom (center) tance and materials for children and families both fomlder and CEO of Clothes for domestically and internationally. Hope. A 17-year-old student, Laureen Sundstrom, traveled to Ghana in June of 2011 to volunteer with orphaned and underprivileged children. Lauren worked with students specifically at public schools in the Keta School District and at the Seed International Orphanage, teaching a variety of subjects to kindergarten, second, fifth and sixth grades. Many children in Ghana are unable to receive an education. Their classrooms lack desks, books and educators. Lauren realized that schooling is still considered a privilege for young Ghanaians as it represents their "only hope for a brighter future." Upon returning home, Lauren founded Clothes for Hope -- a non-profit organization designed to benefit students. Going through her closet at home, Lauren realized she had many garments she could give up to help this program. Reaching out to relatives and friends she collected over 6,000 pieces of beautiful new and slightly worn brand name clothing, shoes and accessories. This past year Clothes for Hope founder and CEO, Lauren Sundstrom, along with the help of numerous dedicated volunteers, established the annual Clothes for Hope "shop for a cause" public clothing sale. The annual sale featured thousands of brand new and gently used designer and brand name clothing for a fraction of their usual cost. This event raised $23,000 for Clothes for Hope and proceeds are now being used to help Ghanaian students at the New Seed International School and Orphanage and the children of the Keta School District. This money will fulfill their basic educational needs, offering them more of an opportunity to succeed and hope for a brighter future. For more information log on to www. clothesforhope, org.