Fashion Bugz Show Off Style at MLK Community Center

Kids strut their stuff and celebrate originality.

The Fashion Bugz start ‘em young.

Rockville Centre’s fashion club believe that it’s never too early to dress to impress. Such was the case Friday night when the Bugz held their second annual Easter Fashion Extravaganza.

The group caters to kids aged two to 17, according to Director Melody Mone. 

“We learn about fashion — the business aspect of it, as well as the fun side of it,” Mone said. (We concentrate on) dressing nice and freedom of expression.”

That individuality is a big part of Mone’s program goals.

“We counsel, encourage, and help to inspire the children,” she said. “We try to teach them that beauty comes from within.”

The Friday fashion show served as a chance for the 19 participants to showcase unique styles and attitudes as each received multiple opportunities to prance up and down the runway.  

The shows theme, ‘Fashion by Decades,’ allowed the group to not only show off multiple pieces, but incorporate the educational portion of their meetings. 

“In the beginning of the program, we did a little history about fashion and where it came from,” Mone said. “We started from the 1900’s (and went) all the way to 2012. The funny thing we learned is that history repeats itself. A lot of the things that you saw in the ’70’s, we see now.”

In tune with the time of year, bright colors, prints, and florals dominated the clothes that donned the young models. 

The evening was broken up into three sections. T.J Maxx sponsored the first runway jaunt, showcasing summer t-shirts, tank tops, and skirts. 

The second section was a model-favorite, according to program organizers. Estelle’s Dressy Dresses donated formal gowns, giving the middle portion a prom-like feel. 

Marshalls sponsored the third segment, donating an array of summer dresses.

The program also featured multiple raffle drawings, a display of hor d’oeuvres, and a performance by the MLK Center’s Diamond Steppers. 

But through it all, the evening remained about the kids.

“They get to have fun (and) embrace who they are,” Mone said of her models. “They get to express their originality. They just love it. Everyone in the program is happy.”

John April 12, 2012 at 01:27 PM
How much money does this place cost the taxpayers evert year?? I thow the rec centre makes money and the Sandal centre loses money year in and out. The Sandal centre was going to get a funding cut fromthe illage last year until do nothing Bossart changed her mind at the last minute. These services are great however you cannot continue to give free on the backs of the taxpayers.Has anyone ever seen that RVC bus driving around with one or two people in it?
Frank April 12, 2012 at 02:22 PM
MLK center is a state-funded endeavor. Sandel Senior Center is dependent on the village and private donations. If you want to donate and help the Sandal Senior Center, contact Friends of Senior Services, Inc.(aka FOSSI) 516-678-9350. Believe me, they make every donation count. It's funny how Seniors have to beg for money to keep those valuable services alive when New York State provides for all the needs of the West End on NYS Tax dollars, with adjustments for inflation, labor, etc.. Skelos drops $33 million of taxpayer money for west end renovations while all he does for the Sandal Center is donate a rock with some flowers. big spender indeed.
Marc April 12, 2012 at 02:26 PM
"These services are great however you cannot continue to give free on the backs of the taxpayers." Talked to a Democrat lately?
Frank April 12, 2012 at 02:43 PM
@ Marc. Why should Seniors suffer? Haven't they paid their fair share of taxes to support RVC through the years? You would readily hamstring probably the best run, mainly volunteer, organization in RVC instead of questioning why your New York State 1099 get readily handed over to the West End, with a big smile courtesy from Skelos? BTW both centers are supported by tax dollars; one through the village, the other through the state. Funny thing is you can take away the Sandal Center, but not MLK rec. Sandal Center's funding has been cut for decades and relies more on donation than RVC handouts. this town is so dysfunctional. I for one will gladly pick up Marc's slack in support of the Sandal Center for those of the greatest generation and the silent generation, and the incoming baby boom generation.
Marc April 12, 2012 at 02:48 PM
Thanks, Frank. I'll take that off my next RET check. But the point that John is making is as vaild one. We cannot continue to support EVERY program with limited tax dollars. Why Sandel is being cherry-picked is beyond me. We know, however, why the west end is being favored. That seems to be the gist of your argument.
Frank April 12, 2012 at 03:01 PM
no problem. I'll make up your cheapskate shortfall with a check to FOSSI. And if you know the gist of my argument, where is your expressed outrage? I guess you feel since it's not within your realm of control, being a state endeavor and all, that it's easy to chop the Sandal Center because it is within your (village) control. The elderly should fear you instead of the Reaper.
Frank April 12, 2012 at 03:03 PM
@ Anthony Bottan. Poll this: Do you feel the Village should end all fiscal support for the Sandal Center?
Marc April 12, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Thanks:) You da' man!
Melody May 01, 2012 at 01:19 PM
How sad are those who comment on things misunderstood ... People fear what they don't understand hate what they can't conquer! It's a wonderful opportunity and experience for all children of whatever ethnic background... No scandals here just positive activities for the children... &positive people who support ... It's obvious we still live in a world full of hate .. It's gross I hope YOU PEOPLE grow up one day .. Research and learn about things or issues before speaking on them...
Frank May 01, 2012 at 07:35 PM
@ Melody. This is by the far the dumbest thing I read today. Where is the Hate? there was no ridicule or comment about the event. We're writing about the inequities of fiscal policy by the state and village. Marc mentioned to cut the Sandal Center and I responded. What are you talking about? Get over yourself. We are talking about MONEY, not RACE. But that's the modus operandi right? Treat all commentary as racist propaganda. You need to grow up and realize that money, to fund all the nice things in the neighborhood, comes from tax-paying citizens. If you haven't bothered to notice, many in town are oppressed under the stiff tax levy that only increases with time. But sure, let's take your angle and treat the screams for fiscal equity as racist commentary.
Frank May 11, 2012 at 02:37 PM
@ Melody. what, no rebuttal? figures...


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