Staten Islanders grace the catwalk; raise money for SIUH

Staten Islanders grace the catwalk; raise money for SIUH

Ryan Lavis/Staten Island Advance By Ryan Lavis/Staten Island Advance
on March 11, 2013 at 8:32 AM, updated March 11, 2013 at 8:40 AM
Staten Island Advance
James Powell, vice president for patient relations at Staten Island University Hospital, Ocean Breeze, with 3-year-old Jaden Burke during the SIUH Service Auxiliary fashion show Sunday at The Vanderbilt at South Beach.
STATEN ISALND, N.Y. -- Doctors and nurses took to the runway on Sunday afternoon, modeling various fashions during Staten Island University Hospital's annual Service Auxiliary Fashion Show at The Vanderbilt in South Beach.

"People always seem to love it. It's just a fun way to help support the hospital," said Barbara Strype, President of SIUH Service Auxiliary.

Throughout the day, dozens of hospital physicians, staff and volunteers wore outfits from wedding attire to sportswear to children's clothing -- all thanks to Ultimate Fashions II, Great Kills; Children's Place, New Dorp and New Springville; Dress Barn, Graniteville; The Garage, New Springville, and Angel's Bridal, Huguenot.

Three-year-old Jaden Burke was reluctant to model his stylish blue fedora and white sleeveless sweater, but eventually made his way down the runway with the help of a family friend, James Powell, who is the vice president for patient relations at SIUH, Ocean Breeze.

"Not only is it for a good cause, but it gives all of us who work together at the hospital a chance to interact and have a good time outside of work," Powell said.

Wearing a blue and purple dress, 13-year-old Ashley Miglionica, of Grant City, has hit the runway at the annual event four years in a row. She said that she enjoyed it more this year because she got the chance to wear more grown-up clothes than in previous years.

"I like modeling more mature dresses," she said. "It's just a fun day."

The SIUH Service Auxiliary is the oldest continuous auxiliary in the United States, celebrating its 150th anniversary this year.

Proceeds from the event benefitted hospital programs and projects. In 2012, the Service Auxiliary helped SIUH purchase medical and surgical support equipment for both hospital sites. Members of the Auxiliary also donated $6,000 to further a breastfeeding initiative and $2,000 for a bereavement tree for families who lost a child from miscarriage, stillbirth or complications during delivery.

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