Prom Expo is Sunday at Rancho Bernardo High
By Elizabeth Marie Himchak
Whether you’re a teenager looking for the latest ball gown or tuxedo styles or an adult interested in getting flower and limo discounts, the Rancho Bernardo High Prom Expo and Fashion Showcase has something for you.
The second-annual expo will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 13 in the RB High gymnasium, 13010 Paseo Lucido. It is open to the entire community and the only such event in the area, said Chairwoman Liz Schwartz.
Admission tickets are $5 in advance, $7 at the door and $10 for reserved seating at one of the three fashion shows. Reserve ticket holders (20 per show) will also receive a goodie bag with makeup and other samples. To buy tickets in advance, go to www.rbhspromexpo.org.
The half-hour fashion shows at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. will feature 10 RB High senior girls and five senior guys modeling the latest in formal wear from Aria Bridal in Escondido and Men’s Wearhouse & Tux in Carmel Mountain Ranch, Schwartz said. Jewelry and accessories will be provided by Linda Gannon of Premier Design Jewelry. The same fashions will be modeled at each show.
The event, designed to be a RB Grad Nite fundraiser, will be much larger than last year’s expo, which lasted a couple hours and had half as many vendors, she said.
This year, there will be 50 vendors offering attendees discounts on limo service, flowers, hair, makeup, photography and everything else needed to make the prom a special night, Schwartz said.
But because the discounts will be offered to all present, Schwartz said even adults without a high school student can benefit by attending.
In addition, they will want to check out the silent auction that will feature a wide variety of items. These include framed artwork in paints, watercolors, crayons, pastels and drawings (and note cards based upon the designs) created by RB High’s Advance Placement art students.
She said the silent auction will also have two tickets to an upcoming “God of Carnage” performance at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles. The Tony-award winner for Best Play will feature its original Broadway cast. Also up for bid will be a signed special edition Chargers football, four clubhouse seats for the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club’s upcoming season (worth $200) and a $100 gift card to Buca di Beppo Italian Restaurant, among other offerings.
There will also be opportunity drawings likely to appeal to the younger set. By buying one drawing ticket for $5 or six for $25, attendees will have a chance to win passes to Wild Rivers, Sea World, San Diego Zoo and Miramar Speed Circuit. Other prizes include free rounds of miniature golf at Boomers.
But of course, prom-related items and apparel will be the biggest draw to the expected 1,000 to 2,000 attendees, Schwartz said.
In addition to the vendors inside the gymnasium, food will be available for purchase at booths set up outside, she said.
As of last week, there were 10 non-food vendor spots still available, with booth rentals set at $75, Schwartz said. For details, contact her at 858-568-2546 or www.rbhspromexpo.org.
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