Harvey School senior Chinasa Nwokocha thought of a way to combine her business and entrepreneurial interests with her commitment to the school’s Diversity Club. Chinasa, or “CeCe,” as her friends and teachers call her, is producing a fashion show to benefit the not-for-profit organization Ubuntu Africa that works to improve the health and well-being of HIV-positive children in South Africa. The show will also highlight Harvey’s participation in Black History Month activities.
Inspired by the in 2006 at age 21, Cece said she wanted to organize Harvey's first Black History Month event that would complement the newly formed Diversity Club. Cece said she got the idea for doing a fashion show last summer when she was doing some modeling. “I liked doing fashion, but just for fun, and that’s when I decided that I wanted to showcase a fashion show at Harvey for Black History Month and to also raise revenue for Ubuntu,” said Cece.
A resident of Bronx, NY, Cece will graduate this June with plans to study business management in college. “I often like to call myself an entrepreneur because I have that mindset, and that very mindset played the biggest role in putting together this event.”
The show will be in the Lasdon Theater on the Harvey campus on Thursday, February 7th at 7 pm. The one-hour presentation features several of Cece’s schoolmates who will model fashions created by a Ghanaian clothing company known as MABM Designs. CeCe says the clothes featured in the show “will accurately represent South Africa and will also display an array of different fashion styles from all over Africa.”
An International Dessert Reception, provided by various school clubs, faculty and Harvey families will follow the show. Everyone is welcome to attend. Tickets are available for a minimum donation of $5, and all profits will go to Ubuntu Africa.
Contact Pat Normandeau at the Harvey School, (914) 232-3161.x 110, for more information or to reserve tickets.