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Letter: Westbury’s Divine Church of God 1st Annual Fashion Show a Tremendous Success

On the afternoon of Saturday, Oct. 23 friends and well-wishers representing a wide cross section of the community as well as local and state elected officials celebrated with congregants of Westbury Divine Church Of God in its first annual fashion show and luncheon.

The event was held at Verdi’s of Westbury, and was the brainchild of members of the youth department of the church as part of their fundraising activity. According to Rev. Emmerson Griffith, the group worked assiduously over the past several weeks to ensure that the event was successful and that patrons got their money’s worth.

The theme for the occasion was centered around the four seasons of fashion: spring, summer, fall and winter and featured elegant and tasteful fashions sponsored by Estelle’s Dressy Dresses, Rashadema Boutique and Bridal Center, Duckie Brown, C28, Ariana Designs and Paper Doll Boutique. Models (male and female) ranged from youth thru young adults to mature adults, who were not to be outdone by their younger counterparts, and who received their fair share of applause from an appreciative audience.

Mistress of ceremonies was veteran gospel enthusiast, Linette Carr-Hicks, and the musical menu was supplied by DJ 3Ten Sounds.

An added bonus to the evening’s event was the musical treat provided by jazz recording artist, Curtis Harewood who thrilled the crowd with his superb rendition of musical numbers on the alto saxophone that earned him sustained applause and standing ovations. Another highlight of the afternoon was the extraordinary performance by the Nubian Gents and Feminine Fire; an ensemble of young people whose combination of rhythmic syncopation and musical athleticism enabled them to put on a show that left the audience in awe. Led by its founder and director, Lamont O’Neil, the group has toured extensively abroad, and spent six to seven weeks last summer in Australia, using their skills and talents as an evangelistic tool as they reach out to young people.

Located at 911 Brush Hollow Road, the church opened its new edifice earlier this summer, under the leadership of its founder and senior pastor, Rev. Michael Peyanado, after a long and arduous struggle. Although the main building has been completed there are miscellaneous items that are still on the agenda, such as the driveway that needs to be paved - hence the necessity for ongoing fundraising. Sunday services begin at 11 a.m., and all are welcome.

Chester McGibbon