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Mother's Day tea, brunch event draw close to 200

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

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Northview High School students in Joanna Connors' Fashions and Textiles II class (above) modeled clothing they have created as part of the Mother's Day Tea and Brunch event Monday. Those modeling included (from left) juniors Megan Brunette, Samantha Okulovich, Taylor Dickison and sophomore Shania Callahan. French Funeral Home sponsored the event. [Order this photo]
Last year, the idea was to honor those who had lost loved ones.

This year, the event was planned for mothers and daughters.

With Mother's Day just around the corner, French Funeral Home hosted a Mother's Day Tea and Brunch event Monday at the Renaissance Reception and Conference Center, 101 W. National Ave., Brazil.

According to Susie French, the event was for anyone who has ever been a daughter.

"I wanted this to be for anyone," French told The Brazil Times. "People from all walks of life are here."

Approximately 190 people showed up to the catered event.

Creative Catering provided the meal for the event, which included two different casseroles, assorted Danish, baked breads and muffins, fruit and beverages.

Brazil resident and pianist Steve McCullough also provided entertainment.

Demonstrations on fresh flower arrangements and making cake balls were also offered to those who attended.

French also was the guest speaker. She discussed contentment.

Northview High School (NHS) students in Joanna Connors' Fashions and Textiles II class also provided a fashion show for those in attendance.

"(The models) are modeling garments they have made in class," Connors said.

NHS senior Emma Nicoson modeled her own outfits as well as emceed the show.

Unlike last year, Emma said she was a little more nervous. Last year, as a junior, she only modeled.

"Last year, there were only about 30 people (in attendance)," Emma said.

"This year, there are like 200."

Emma modeled a dress she created and designed. She wore it to her senior prom this year and was crowned the 2012 NHS Prom Queen.

She said she has plans to initially attend Indiana State University in the fall, but hopes to attend a fashion institute in the future.

First-year model Samantha Okulovich, a junior, said she enjoys the class.

"I like being in front of crowds, and I like to smile," Samantha said. "I'm obsessed with clothes and shoes."

Samantha also enjoys dealing with hair and makeup and made up some of the NHS models prior to the Monday show.

She modeled four outfits -- two of which were her own -- during the fashion show.

She said she plans to attend the Art Institute in Indianapolis after graduating high school to study fashion design and cosmetology.

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Approximately 190 turned out for the event, which took place at the Renaissance Reception and Conference Center, 101 W. National Ave., Brazil. [Order this photo]
French said she plans to make the event annual.



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