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Community - May 16, 2012

Menlo School benefit goes 'Off the Map'

"Menlo Off the Map: A Quest for Adventure" is the theme for Menlo School's 62nd annual benefit to be held Friday, May 25, at the Atherton School.

The fashion event will be staged in luncheon and dinner runway shows showcasing senior students in Bloomingdale's fashion trends for the spring and summer. Fashions from both Stanford and San Francisco Bloomingdale's will be shown.

The shows are highlighted by entertainment vignettes featuring additional seniors. Both the "Lunchtime Expedition" and the "Dinnertime Journey" will take place in a decorated tent on campus. All proceeds benefit the school's financial aid program.

Graduating seniors will reflect on the impact Menlo teachers have made on their lives. Students will pay tribute to the faculty, with three teachers honored for their contributions.

Donation drawing items will include a $1,000 Bloomingdale's shopping spree, a Menlo Memories quilt, a river rafting adventure and windsurfing/paddle board lessons.

The "Broken Compass," this year's signature cocktail, will be served at the evening party. Both lunch and dinner will be catered by McCalls. After a live auction and fashion show, the evening party will be capped off with dancing to a DJ.

Erika Demma and Amy Sanford are co-chairs of the benefit committee, which includes more than 130 adult volunteers, plus the hundreds of students who support the shows in roles ranging from parking assistants to servers on the day of the event.

Alex Perez, director of creative arts and communications at Menlo School, is producing the show. Jan Chandler, Menlo School's dance director, is serving as the benefit's choreographer for the 28th year. Jeffrey Adair returns as fashion show director. He has produced and/or directed the show off and on for 25 years. He is assisted by Brenda "BB" Bernheim. Linda Lance returns as model trainer.

The luncheon show is sold out. Cost for the dinner show is $210.

Visit to make reservations and take part in the online auction.


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