They’re also producing a big fashion show later this year!
We caught up with JaLeel Porcha, the FIDM Fashion Club Vice President at Rosa L. Parks School of Fine & Performing Arts in Paterson, New Jersey, who helped lead her club in their recent Valentine’s Day fundraiser.
Tell us a little about your Valentine’s Day fundraiser: The RPHS FIDM Fashion Club is raising funds for a big fashion show in June that is completely getting produced, built, and run by FIDM Fashion Club itself. So that means materials to make our original outfits and decorations for the show. We raised $50 altogether which is good for how spontaneous the fundraiser was approved, publicized, and put up.
What lessons did you learn? The fundraiser committee learned that in order to have an even more bountiful fundraiser we should plan at least a month in advance and not weeks, as well to constantly make announcements at school.
What did you love about it? What I loved doing the most about the fundraiser was building it; it was a complete DIY! Nothing we used came out of any members’ pockets! The backdrop and lighting stand was provided by the school. The heart decorations were just paper cut outs and the props were designed on InDesign, printed out, cut and glued on sticks and bam! Cute photoshoot props.
Any upcoming FC activities for your club? Our Fashion Club does have more activities in store—a bake sale AND a Valentine’s Day matchmaking survey!
What are your career goals? My career goals currently are to graduate high school and attend college with a major in fashion photography or psychology and graduate with a Bachelors in both.
Who are your club officers?
President – Natacha Bunay
Vice Presidents – JaLeel Porcha and Sheyla Garcia
Secretary – Vanessa Huaita
Treasurer – Macarena Arevalo
PR – Erikson Manguel
Anything else you’d like to share? This is the first Fashion Club ever at RPHS and with the support of the school it is going very well—and it is all thanks to our amazing office for putting in the time and effort and our wonderful members who come out every Friday and participate with 100% effort and drive.
Follow RPHS FIDM Fashion Club on Instagram @RPHSFashionClub.