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Schools - May 18, 2011

'Dial M' fundraiser benefits Menlo School

Menlo School's 61st annual fashion show benefit, "Dial M for Menlo," will be held Friday, May 27, in a large decorated tent on the Menlo School campus in Atherton.

With a nod to Alfred Hitchcock, the event will feature luncheon and dinner runway shows, showcasing senior students in Bloomingdale's fashions for spring and summer.

The benefit raises funds for financial aid, which supports a fifth of the student body, said school spokesperson Jill Kasser.

The catered luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m., and the black tie optional dinner show starts at 6 p.m. In a new feature, senior students will show ways to outfit a college dormitory room with housewares and bedding items from Bloomingdale's.

Graduating seniors will reflect on the impact Menlo teachers have made on their lives.

Raffle items will include an iPad 3G with WiFi, Persian carpet from Medallion Rug Gallery, Tiffany & Co. diamond pendant, gift certificates to Bloomingdale's, and AXIS personal trainers. A separate raffle will be held for teachers. Live Auction bidders will compete for getaways, sporting events and parent-hosted parties.

Event co-chairs and Menlo parents Gail Kittler and Susan Valeriote have worked with a committee of about 130 adult volunteers, plus hundreds of students.

Serving as the producer, choreographer and fashion show director, respectively, are Alex Perez, Jan Chandler and Jeffrey Adair. Mr. Perez is director of creative arts and communications at Menlo. Ms. Chandler, the school's dance director, has served as the benefit's choreographer for 27 years. Mr. Adair, co-owner if J Floral Art in Menlo Park, has produced and/or directed the show off and on for 20 years.

The cost is $100 for the luncheon show and $200 for the dinner show.

Visit menloschool.org/benefit and click on "Benefit" to make reservations and to participate in the online auction.


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