ROCHESTER – Variations strutted down the runway Saturday Night in a marketed-out charity fashion show to boost funds for psychological well being and suicide recognition.

It was a complete property on the Rochester Effectivity and Arts Coronary heart, with 140 tickets marketed. 

This was the to start out with perform launched by Fashvia and Andre’s Navy, honoring the late Andre Schaeffer and two different Dover Class of 2022 younger folks – Brian Schultz and Alex Leclerc – who died by suicide in simply three years of each different.

Schaeffer’s mother Tonya Ames was one of many organizers of the celebration, and walked down the runway as a design. 

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Tonya Ames, mother of the late Andre Schaeffer, walked the runway as a model at a charity fashion show held Saturday, March 5, 2022 at the Rochester Performance and Arts Center in Schaeffer's honor to raise money for suicide awareness.

“The a number of fatalities of those boys, which incorporates my son it has rocked our neighborhood,” Ames talked about. “I am hoping that it is a means for folks immediately to see allow us to talk about this, that it truly is OK to discuss this. That’s the solely means that we are able to make a real distinction. I’ve been suggested so numerous cases ‘You are so sturdy,’ or ‘I you shouldn’t know the way you’re finishing up it.’ Truthfully, I’ve to do it primarily as a result of I by no means need another partner and youngsters, particularly an extra dad or mum, to come back to really feel the way in which that I actually really feel provided that dropping Andre.”

Photos of the late Andre Schaeffer were on display at the charity fashion show held March 5, 2022 at the Rochester Performance and Arts Center to raise money for suicide awareness.

All proceeds from the pattern present’s ticket and raffle product gross sales might be donated to Connor’s Climb, a New Hampshire-centered basis centered on suicide prevention and psychological wellness coaching. The nonprofit was named in reminiscence of Connor Ball, an Exeter 14-yr-old who died by suicide in 2011. The funds lifted will assist fund Indicators of Suicide training inside simply the group.

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Make-up artist Izabel Ferrao applies eyeshadow to a model's eyes before a charity fashion show on March 5, 2022 at the Rochester Performance and Arts Center.

Ophelia Burnett was an individual of the opening performances, singing the observe “Hero” by Mariah Carey. Two buddies of Schaeffer spoke, along with a advisor of Connor’s Climb.

Schaeffer’s buddies, relations, clients of his DHS senior class and cheer crew Maine Stars had been among the many 20 designs that volunteered for the event, along with  a dozen designers, make-up artists and hairstylists.