Lasell Students Plan Fashion Event for The Price Center

Lasell Students Plan Fashion Event for The Price Center

April 23, 2015

A well-known fashion designer, a community-connected non-profit and service learning all come together this weekend with a major fund-raising and fashion event planned by Lasell students to benefit The Price Center.

Lasell marketing students have worked for months to plan and execute a fundraising event for the non-profit, which is a regional leader in providing care to adults with developmental disabilities.

"This event shows how a partnership can grow, students can get involved on both a curricular and co-curricular level, and one partnership can involve students from diverse disciplines," said Professor Sharyn Lowenstein, who directs Lasell's Center for Community Based Learning.

The fashion show, featuring the latest from Boston-based designer Sara Campbell, will be held Saturday, April 25 at noon at The Price Center's new headquarters at 25-27 Christina Street, Newton. The project illustrates an expansion of the College's relationship with The Price Center - where Lasell students have interned, worked with center participants and planned events for the last five years.

More than three dozen students from Lasell's sports management/marketing, fashion, and hospitality programs worked with The Price Center to organize the show, which will feature clients, family and friends of the center as models in the Sara Campbell fashion portion of the event.

The show will include live music and light fare at the reception, where attendees will learn about the models' connection with The Price Center by walking through the "gallery" of photographs and biographies. Later, Sara Campbell will kick off the show by outlining the spring fashion trends.

Lasell's previous involvement with The Price Center includes the formation of a student club that hosts center participants who come bi-weekly to Lasell for social activities/mentoring with Lasell students. Students also hold two dances per academic year, which are co-planned with the BPC participants. In addition, Lasell College students have completed internships at the center, including students majoring in social sciences, sports management, and criminal justice. Currently two Lasell students have a part-time job at the center and one alum has worked for the center for the last two years.

The Price Center is committed to providing services and accessible care to developmentally and intellectually disabled adults and teens throughout the Boston area. It operates four residential homes and a supported apartment program in Newton and Brookline. The mission of The Price Center is to encourage disabled individuals' personal growth and full participation in their communities through social, living and work experiences that respect their preferences and accommodate diversity.