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Franklin Regional's annual telethon will feature a holiday-themed fashion-show fundraiser

Patrick Varine
| Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, 7:33 p.m.
Twin sisters Ryleigh and Kaleigh Kelsey work on their dress for the holiday-themed fashion show that will take place at this year’s Franklin Regional Telethon, set for Dec. 21, 2018, at the high school in Murrysville.
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Twin sisters Ryleigh and Kaleigh Kelsey work on their dress for the holiday-themed fashion show that will take place at this year’s Franklin Regional Telethon, set for Dec. 21, 2018, at the high school in Murrysville.
Students from the Franklin Regional Fashion Club work on their dress for the holiday-themed fashion show that will take place at this year’s Franklin Regional Telethon, set for Dec. 21, 2018, at the high school in Murrysville.
Patrick Varine | Tribune-Review
Students from the Franklin Regional Fashion Club work on their dress for the holiday-themed fashion show that will take place at this year’s Franklin Regional Telethon, set for Dec. 21, 2018, at the high school in Murrysville.

Members of the Franklin Regional Senior High School’s Fashion Club are used to working with satin, cotton blends and other typical clothing material.

Since the start of November, however, they’re also been working with a few off-the-beaten-path items like pillow fluff, glitter and pipe cleaners, as they prepare a holiday-themed fashion show fundraiser for the annual Franklin Regional Telethon.

“The theme can be anything from Santa to reindeer to hot cocoa,” said high school art teacher and club sponsor Denielle DeSantis. “We wanted to help raise money and thought a fashion show would be a good way.”

This year’s telethon will benefit Blountstown High School in Florida, which sustained heavy damage from Hurricane Michael earlier this fall. The school, where some Blountstown residents took shelter from the storm, had a portion of its roof ripped off, according to the Tallahassee Democrat .

Twin freshmen sisters Kaleigh and Ryleigh Kelsey, both 15, were hard at work after school on Dec. 5, gluing silver glitter to a cardboard crown.

“Our dress is going to be like a tree, only red,” Kaleigh said, pointing to a stack of red satin fabric on the table beside her.

The biggest challenge for the twins is forming the dress.

“A lot of people have a ‘base dress’ and work from that, but we’re making our own,” Ryleigh said.

The club meets each Wednesday after school, and DeSantis said she loves to see what her students come up with.

“The designs are completely different each year, even if the concept is the same,” she said.

And there’s nothing subtle about the pieces club members are creating.

“You want to try and be really big in anything you make. Don’t be basic,” Ryleigh said. “We’re not really making it for everyday use, we’re making it to sort of show what we can do.”

The club will create about eight outfits for the show, which will run multiple times over the course of the telethon, set for 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Dec. 21 at the high school. It will also be broadcast on local access Channel 19 as well as Facebook Live at Facebook.com/FRHSTV .

Patrick Varine is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Patrick at 724-850-2862, pvarine@tribweb.com or via Twitter @MurrysvilleStar.

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