KEMAH — Raymond Guidry is more comfortable hanging around an industrial site than a fashion show.

On Wednesday night, the owner of the metal fabrication company Tennille will be among the 50-plus models showing off back to school and fall fashions as part of the Glamour for Grammar Fashion Show.

The runway style show is a fundraiser for The Galveston County Daily News’ Newspapers in Education program that provides newspapers and educational materials at the county’s nine school districts.

While there are plenty of experienced models in Wednesday’s show at the Kemah Boardwalk, there also are people who might very well be a neighbor or someone you know from church, school or the community taking to the runway.

Guidry, who said this is his first fashion show, admitted he was a bit nervous when going through rehearsals, but he quickly got comfortable strutting his stuff.

Former Galveston City Councilman Juan Peña, who works for the sheriff’s office, also is in the show.

Deborah Laine, director of the Texas City ISD Foundation for the Future, is a veteran of the fashion show circuit.

Just two weeks ago, she was a part of the Texas City-La Marque Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Week fashion show.

Another style-show veteran is Jay Campbell, a chamber staffer, who also will be on stage in Kemah.

Another chamber executive who is no stranger to fashion is Galveston Chamber of Commerce’s Gina Spagnola, who is never shy about her fashion sense.

League City will be well represented in the show, as Mayor Tim Paulissen and the city’s Assistant City Manager David Benson will be on stage.

Galveston County District Attorney Jack Roady is in the show, but he won’t be the only Roady on the runway. His 14-year-old daughter, Jesha, is one of the stars of the show.

The show also will feature members of The Daily News staff as well as Dale Taylor, wife of Daily News Editor Heber Taylor.

And it will mark the debut of reporter Christopher Smith Gonzales, who has been blogging about his fashion transformation.

Also on stage will be College of the Mainland President Beth Lewis, Texas City dentist Bill Chuoke, and Galveston Police Sgt. Destin Sims.

Incoming College of the Mainland freshman Marquitta Lacy of La Marque is among the group of teens who will show off fashions from Galveston County retailers including Banana Republic, Rise Surf, The Style Company, New York and Co., Treasure Trove, Tina’s on The Strand, Danny Nguyen Couture, Haggar Clothing, Queen’s Attic and Melinda’s Boutique.

Advance tickets can be purchased at a discount, including the few remaining VIP tickets that include front-row seating and admission to the exclusive post-show party at the Aquarium Restaurant at the Boardwalk.


At a glance

WHAT: Glamour for Grammar Fashion Show

WHEN: 5 p.m. Wednesday

WHERE: Kemah Boardwalk, 215 Kipp Ave., in Kemah

TICKETS: Tickets for the fashion show are available at a 20 percent discount if purchased in advance online at www.galvestondailynews.com/glamourforgrammar or by calling 409-683-5261.

Contact Mainland Editor T.J. Aulds at 409-683-5334 or tjaulds@galvnews.com.

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