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Saturday: SHP fundraiser inspired by Cirque du Soleil

The 24th annual Sacred Heart Fashion Show fundraiser, "Imagine Cirque du Coeur," is set for Saturday evening, Sept. 8, under a tent on the Sacred Heart Schools campus.

Organizers expect a sell-out crowd of 750 for the event, which will take design cues from the "whimsical imagery of Cirque du Soleil," says Millie Lee, director of communications for Sacred Heart Schools.

"This event is a special rite of passage for our 12th-grade students who will perform together and celebrate their debut as seniors," says James Everitt, principal at Sacred Heart Preparatory.

Each segment of the production will invite seniors to imagine their future: in a connected world, in higher education, on travel adventures, and in their "closing act" at Sacred Heart Schools, Ms. Lee says.

Sacred Heart Prep's 149 seniors will model a range of fashions from local stores, from casual clothes for teens and adults, to formal attire.

The show brings together students, parents, volunteers and local retailers to spotlight student achievement and school spirit, according to event co-chairs Gay Abuel-Saud, Renee Hellman, Lori Hunter and Julie Robson.

The event begins with cocktails at 5:30 p.m. in the "Coeur Lounge," continues with dinner in the "Cirque Club," and ends with the Class of 2013 fashion show.

Co-chair Renee Hellman thanks the many parent volunteers, especially Jerry Jager of JagerCreative in San Carlos, who created the graphics and invitation. Natalie Smith, a co-producer of several Macy's Passport shows, is the event's choreographer. Proceeds will support senior activities and scholarships.

For more information, call Lisa Gamitian at (650) 473-4088.

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