Many fashion statements at Hampton U. Gala of Hope

By Mallory Beard

HAMPTON, Virginia – Hair appointments, arrangements for Gala of Hope, a fundraiser for the Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute.

Khadijah Jones, make-up consultant at Sephora cosmetics of Hampton's Peninsula Town Center, perused her list of appointments for this weekend, and "expected more to come," she said, as the event neared.

This time last year, the former Macy's department store of Peninsula Town Center garnered so many customers, it was booked weeks in advance for both make-up and fitting sessions, according to former manager John Reynolds.

The nail salons in the city of Hampton had their piece of the pie as well. "A lot of ladies will be coming in Friday evening and early Saturday because of the event," said Victoria Donald, nail technician, of Nail Studio on Big Bethel Road. From French tip to bright red acrylics, ladies chose the best patterns to complement their evening gowns.

"I was going for something slightly bolder, something that would pop," said Pamela Richardson, HU director of athletic marketing.

Fashion statements were made at last year's Gala of Hope, and this year's attendees don't plan to miss a beat. With suits and gowns galore lined up at department stores and the local cleaners, the ladies and gentleman of the night will be supporting HUPTI in style.

The event took place Saturday evening at the Hampton Roads Convention Center on Coliseum Drive.

The Student leaders in the photo top right are:
Shatoni Foster
Davon Moore
Drea Lane
Diamond Robinson
Kristian Spraggins
Sianni Cabello

Hanna Amanuel
Geryn Harris
Cameron Abney
Serena Rudisel
Taylor Turner
Delaria Ridley
Peter Savage

The writer is a student in the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications>/i>.

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