News Headline: Bloomberg Hills Student Parlays Fashion Into A Good Cause (With Video and Photo Gallery)
Outlet Full Name: Home Town Life
Author: Jay Grossman
Tess Garcia has an eye for fashion and a heart for helping out others.
The Bloomfield Hills High School sophomore has organized two fashion shows in recent months for some good causes. Her first one, held in June at the Birmingham Farmers Market, generated over $1,100 in donations for the Heidelberg Project in Detroit.
Her second one, held last weekend at The Community House, has brought in over $1,800 for the Lungevity Foundation, which raises funds for lung cancer research (www.lungevity.org).
Garcia, 15, said she organized the Breathe Deep Fashion Show in honor of her grandmother, Nancy Marshall, a longtime Birmingham resident who died of lung cancer last October at the age of 71.
“She never smoked a day in her life,” Garcia said. “If there’s one message I want to get across, it’s that lung cancer isn’t just for smokers … and even if you did smoke, no one deserves to have a disease like that.”
About 40 students from Bloomfield Hills High School, Marian High School, Southfield Christian and Mercy High School volunteered as models for the shows. Birmingham merchants provided the outfits.
“I’ve always been really interested in fashion and I’m really into promoting the local businesses,” she said. “This way I can promote a good cause and give the stores a good plug by letting the audience know where the clothes are from.”
Garcia plays lacrosse and writes for the student newspaper. She’s also a member of the school’s forensics team. She credits her parents for giving her the encouragement to plunge into new adventures.
“My parents have always been very supportive,” she said. “They never say: ‘That’s too big, you can’t do it.’ Sometimes they tell me it might be a challenge, but if I stick to it and don’t quit, it will worth it in the end. They never hold me back.”