Students take to the stage in the latest styles at Take This Dress to Heart Fashion Show

816
0
Formal wear was on display at the second annual Take This Dress to Heart Fashion Show Sunday afternoon at Mountlake Terrace High School. The event benefited the Heart of Edmonds School District and Community Heart Safe Project to put AEDs in all of the district schools. (Photos by David Pan)
Formal wear was on display at the second annual Take This Dress to Heart Fashion Show Sunday afternoon at Mountlake Terrace High School. The event benefited the Heart of Edmonds School District and Community Heart Safe Project to put AEDs in all of the district schools. (Photos by David Pan)

The second annual Take This Dress to Heart Fashion Show, Dress Sale and Spring Bazaar brought together students, parents and the community for a good cause.

The Heart of Edmonds School District and Community Heart Safe Project/Nick of Time Foundation event raised funds to help place AEDs (automated external defibrillators) in all 34 Edmonds School District schools.

The event was held is memory of Matthew Truax, a 16-year-old Meadowdale High School student who died of sudden cardiac arrest on Sept. 13, 2013. Had Truax lived, he would have been graduating from high school this year along with many of his friends who were at Sunday’s event.

Melinda Truax, Matthew’s mother, noted the Nick of Time Foundation will be having a heart screening on June 3 at Mountlake Terrace High School. She encouraged parents and students to sign up for the screening.

Melina Truax told the audience about the death of her son Matthew from sudden cardiac arrest.
Melinda Truax told the audience about the death of her son Matthew from sudden cardiac arrest.

“Sudden Cardiac Arrest is the number one cause of death in the U.S., claiming hundreds of thousands of lives each year,” Truax said. “But what parents don’t know is that SCA is the number two cause of death among youth under 25 and the number one killer of student athletes.”

Six months after Matthew’s death, the Nick of Time Foundation provided heart screenings for 555 students at Meadowdale High School and found eight students with heart conditions that needed follow-up care.

“Because there are often no warning signs the first symptom could be death,” Truax said. “Studies show that many people who suffered a sudden cardiac arrest were reported by their parents to have had at least one cardiovascular symptom before the event. They just didn’t recognize it as life threatening.”

The 500-plus dresses on sale after the fashion show were all donated and priced from $15-$50. The Meadowdale Dance Team and MFJ Grand, the Edmonds School District Talent Show Award Winners, also performed at the event. Event sponsors included Gene Juarez Academy, The Tux Shop and Fast Signs of Lynnwood.

For more information on the Heart of Edmonds or to make a donation see: www.heartofedmondssd.org.

IMG_7568
Looking sharp in formal wear.
IMG_7572
Red seems to be a popular color this year.
IMG_7522
More formal fashion.
IMG_7519
Emcees Alicia Wright and JD Valle (right) provided commentary on the fashion.
IMG_7517
The Meadowdale Dance team performed.
IMG_7496
The fashion show also featured summer dresses.
Perfect summer wear.
Perfect summer wear.
Ready for a night out on the town
Ready for a night out on the town
IMG_7588
Maddy Gaiola and MJM Grand, the district’s talent show winners, performed.
IMG_7674
Photo opportunity for the guys.
IMG_7543
Having fun on the stage.

 

Leave a Reply