Westbury, NY - January 9, 2015 - Looking “trashy” will be more of a compliment than a put-down to Town of North Hempstead students when they take to the runway January 15 for the town’s third annual “Trashion Show” at the Platinum LEED-certified “Yes We Can” Community Center in New Cassel, sponsored by the local credit union NEFCU.
Local students will grace the catwalk from 7-9:00 p.m. wearing outfits they’ve designed and created from recyclable or other material that would have otherwise been sent to a local landfill. This so-called “trash-couture” will include outrageous outfits, truly one-of-a-kind designs and colorful creations, all made from items that were destined for a garbage can.
Last year, students from nine school districts and two private schools throughout the Town of North Hempstead participated in the second annual “Trashion Show” before a crowd of 200 at the local community center. There were dresses made from lampshades, tops comprised of playing cards, and entire outfits made from discarded products.
“It’s undoubtedly one of the most creative events you’ll ever witness on Long Island, and we’re proud to be able to nurture the creative spirit of these children, while also supporting the town’s continued effort to promote sustainability,” said Edward Paternostro, president and CEO of NEFCU.
NEFCU is serving as the presenting sponsor of the event, and will also emcee the evening’s activities. Founded more than 75 years ago by a group of Nassau County teachers, the credit union has long supported local schools and environmental causes. The NEFCU sponsorship is in part connected to its intention to offer more “green” products and services, including its new Go Green Checking account, which promotes paperless banking.
All are welcome to attend the free event.
The evening is dedicated to showcasing these unique apparel and accessories items, but it also serves as a reminder of the Town of North Hempstead’s success in reducing its solid waste sent to landfills. Since this initiative was launched, the town estimates that its schools have recycled approximately 713 tons of recyclables.
After taking their star turn at “Trashion Show,” the winning designs will be displayed at an exhibit in February at the New York State Capitol Building in Albany.
NEFCU is one of Long Island’s leading not-for-profit, full-service financial institutions that proudly offers its affordable banking services to all Long Islanders. With over $2 billion in assets and over 160,000 members, NEFCU is headquartered in Westbury, NY and has branches and a shared branch network throughout Nassau and Suffolk Counties. To join NEFCU, eligible members must live, work, worship, attend school, or regularly conduct business in Nassau and/or Suffolk Counties (excluding the townships of East Hampton, Southampton and Shelter Island). Existing NEFCU members may also sponsor immediate family members or household members.
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