Submitted By Bob McCullough
Thirty-six students from the Academy at Morgan’s Wonderland – each with an accompanying “buddy” – modeled the latest fashions at the “Hand in Hand: A Night on the Runway” benefit from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 16, at the Morgan’s Wonderland Event Center, 5223 David Edwards Drive.
The Academy serves students with special needs ages 12 through 24 and prepares them for life and work. Models from The Academy student body were partnered with “buddy” students from TMI – The Episcopal School of Texas.
“The fashion-show participants walked hand in hand down the runway and model beautiful clothes provided by Macy’s Department Store,” said Dr. Susan Bineham, The Academy’s head of school. “Thus came the inspiration for the name of this fiesta of fashion, fun and friendship.”
The Hand in Hand event sought to raise funds for non-profit The Academy at Morgan’s Wonderland, an innovative, nationally accredited school for students with mild to moderate special needs. There, students receive a blend of academic, life skills and vocational instruction to help each one reach his or her maximum individual potential.
“It’s truly inspiring to see our students confidently take to the runway and model the latest spring outfits, much to the delight of their parents, family members and friends,” Dr. Bineham said.
The evening’s festivities, coordinated by The Academy’s Parents Teachers Friends and Others (PTFO) support organization, included a light meal. Individual tickets for the dressy-casual event were priced at $75 apiece, and tables of 10 could be reserved beginning at $1,000.
TMI in San Antonio is the flagship private school of the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas for students in grades 6 through 12. Established in 1893, TMI is the oldest Episcopal Church-sponsored, college-prep school in the Southwest. Visit www.tmi-sa.com for more information.