The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

March 30, 2011

Haute couture benefit for Haiti

BY TOM LAVIS
TLAVIS@TRIBDEM.COM

— Hot clothes, dozens of models, lively music and dance add up to a good time for a great cause.

Swish Life’s Unprecedented fashion show will benefit the earthquake survivors of Haiti.

It will be presented at 6 p.m. April 9 at the Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center, 450 Schoolhouse Road in Richland Township.

Pitt-Johnstown seniors and Philadelphia residents Yaminah Jones and Lucy Konuwa are hosts of “The Swish Life,” a television segment on UPJ-TV.

The pair use their show to talk about such subjects as fashion, lifestyle trends, people, and what’s in and what’s not.

Yaminah, a writing major, and Konuwa, a communications major, have been working on the project for nearly a year.

Organizers said 35 models will walk a glittering runway that got its inspiration from the Victoria Secret fashion show.

“Who doesn’t love fashion or like to help others in need, because all of our proceeds benefit Haiti,” Konuwa said.

The women have been working with the Christian charity Mission Discovery, as well as Windber Medical Center, Student Council of World Affairs and UPJ-TV to promote the event.

They have wanted to do a fashion show since high school and decided fusing it with a charity was the best option.

“Lucy and I decided to do something grand for Haiti,” Jones said. “Every day is a fashion show for us, and we wanted to do what we know best for a successful fundraiser.”

Music will be provided by Devin Wright, a 22-year-old elementary education major from New York City. The UPJ Dance Ensemble also will perform two numbers.

Serving as host will be Jones’ cousin, Maurice Wood.

“We are expecting 500 guests the night of the show,” Konuwa said. “I know that sounds ambitious to say, but Yaminah and I have a goal and will work hard to achieve it.”

Tickets are $2 in advance or $3 at the door.

Advance tickets are available in the lobby of Pitt-Johnstown’s student union.

Information: E-mail 715swish@gmail.com.

If you go ...

What: “Unprecedented” fashion-show benefit for Haiti.

Where: Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center, 450 Schoolhouse Road, Richland Township.

When: 6 p.m. April 9.

Tickets: Pitt-Johnstown student union or at the door.

Cost: $2 in advance and $3 at the door.

Information: 715swish@gmail.com.