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Wednesday, May 14, 2014
The Maurices MANgels pose for a photo following Saturday's Peaches & Creme Fashion Show at Lockport's Historic Palace Theatre. The show raised more than $6,000. (PHOTOS BY HEATHER N. GRIMMER / CONTRIBUTOR)

Fashion show raises more than $6,000 for Relay for Life


"Miss Peaches & Creme 2014" Joey Porth wears the crown
as Anne Scinta LaSota bestows him with his sash. 
The Peaches & Creme Fashion Show, held Saturday at Lockport's Historic Palace Theatre, raised more than $6,000 for Relay for Life — before corporate matching grants from Maurice's are included.

The event organizer, Anne Scinta LaSota, said she turned in $6,112 to to Relay for Life on Tuesday. The pre-matching fundraising is $2,000 more than last year's event.

The show played to a crowded house. There were significantly more people in the audience than last year, nearly filling the main portion of the Palace Theatre.

Eleven-year-old Joey Porth stole the show with his drum solo, earning him the title of "Miss Peaches & Creme 2014." A video of the drum solo is available here.

Celebrity judges WYRK's Clay Moden, WKBW's Tiffany Lundburg, and singer Ashlee Amoia each got a turn "critiquing" the performances, ala American Idol. When it came to Porth's critique, however, the judges were all serious.

Celebrity judges, from left, Tiffany Lundburg, Clay Moden, 
and  Ashlee Amoia enjoy the show.
"I know a lot of guys that are in their 20s and 30s that don't have the charisma on stage that you do," Moden said to Porth. "To be honest with you, you've got an amazing talent that some people don't even master until they're well into their 30s and 40s, so congratulations on that."

Jim Criddle took the honor of "Miss Congeniality" for selling 50 tickets to the event. He narrowly edged out his closest competitor by a mere two tickets. Criddle had an achievement in the talent portion of the show, as well, drawing out nearly all the other MANgels for his performance of Neil Diamond's "Forever in Blue Jeans," for which he donned a jean jacket over his dress.

WKBW reporter Rachel Elzufon hosted the show for the second straight year.

LaSota is already talking about a fifth Peaches & Creme to be held in 2015.

"Next year if we all work together we'll be moving on up," she said. "That's my goal anyway. Fill the balcony."

Simon Chavers talks with Peaches & Creme host, WKBW's Rachel Elzufon. 

East Niagara Post contributing photographer Heather N. Grimmer took more than 130 photos from the event. They're available here.


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