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"The funny part of it is that we had to go from location to location to get a signal," said Castrilli about her efforts for the event while on vacation.

The fashion show was held Tuesday night April 28 at the Liverpool Holiday Inn. The event was sold out with 450 people in attendance. Local celebrities modeled clothing from local stores such as Oleander, Eva's Boutique, Mr. Shop Syracuse, Elsbeth Rose, Showoff's and fashions from Giovanni's Men's Fashion and Formal Wear.

Castrilli said that when she told Saraceni her idea to host a fundraiser fashion show back in October, her goal was to bring in 350 donors. She said it was her "mission."

The event hosted 22 vendors of which attendants could buy merchandise from. Also, there were 20 gift baskets were up for grabs, while a television and two GPS systems were donated by Todd Caputo, also known as The Used Car King.

"With this economy it was hard to get donors and vendors to come," Castrilli said. "But we got more than 20."

The show featured Italian cookies, coffee and assorted pastries all donated by Wegmans.

Because the event as all about fundraising and modeling fashion, Saraceni said she and other staff members were excited to send Castrilli down the runway at the end for the final walkout of all the models.

The event raised about $35,000, which Saraceni said was amazing.

{Q}"In this economy she raised so much money and brought in 450 new donors," Saraceni said. "She did a fabulous job."{Q}

Castrilli said that her mother, who passed away only a few years ago, was the real inspiration to the fashion show fundraiser. Her mother was very much into fashion as well, but she was also a giving and charitable person, according to Castrilli.

"My mom taught me charity, generosity and appreciation for fashion," she said.

The event would have been right in Castrilli's mother's eyes.

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