East Greenwich resident Laura Sarlitto put on her first prom fashion show for charity four years ago and it’s been such a success it’s become a yearly event.
This year’s circus-themed fashion show, called “The Greatest Show on Earth,” will be held on Saturday, Jan. 3 at 8 p.m. at the Greenwich Odeum, 59 Main St. It will feature over 35 young Rhode Island women (ages 16-24) modeling prom wear from Sonya’s clothing boutique in Cranston, with all proceeds from ticket sales benefiting the Sojourner House in Providence. The Sojourner House is a nonprofit agency that offers advocacy and resources for domestic abuse victims.
Sarlitto, owner of Laura Ink Photography, designates a different charity each year. Ocean State Job Lot is sponsoring the show. Students from the Toni & Guy Academy in Cranston are donating their talents in doing hair and makeup for the models. Also walking the runway again will be Jessica Marfeo, 2013’s Miss Rhode Island, who participated in last year’s fashion show.
Sarlitto said the models are chosen from a casting call and then participate in a month-long training. She takes the women on photo shoots, helps them practice runway walks, and engages them in creative discussions. The end result is increased confidence.
“Something blossoms in these young women in the process and it’s the most rewarding thing to be able to work with them from beginning to end,” she said.
For more information or to purchase tickets for the 2015 Laura Ink Prom Expo Fashion Show, click here or visit www.laurainkphotography.com.
Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.