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The Lookout | September 22, 2019

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Big hair benefit helps local students

Big hair benefit helps local students
The Lookout

Sarah Spohn
A&E Editor

There hadn’t been that much blue eye shadow or Aqua Net hairspray in a single room since 1986. It was as if a long-lost episode of MTV had come alive.

The Capital Area Women’s Lifestyle Magazine’s ‘80s flashback fundraiser at Michigan State University brought out all the Cyndi Laupers and Don Johnsons of the tri-county area. Saturday, March 22 marked the fourth annual event and the teasing combs didn’t know what hit ‘em.

This year’s benefit was the Lansing Promise Scholarship, which provides graduates of Lansing School District with financial assistance to complete a two-year degree at Lansing Community College.

LCC student Cecilia Major is a recipient of the Lansing Promise Scholarship, paying for up to 60 credits.

“It’s had such an impact,” Major said.

The fundraiser included sponsorships from AT&T, Dean Transportation, MSUFCU and more. Okemos Salon de Lourdes was there, hairspray in hand, to construct some of the biggest and best ‘80s hair styles for guests.

Hors d’oeuvres, brightly frosted cupcakes, cookies, ice cream sandwiches and an entire candy room put the icing on the cake at this totally rad event.

Managing editor for the CALWM Emily Caswell spoke about changes to the annual big night.

“This year we worked with Michigan Events for the lighting and stage décor,” Caswell said.

“I think they did an amazing job of adding new elements through these outlets.”

Michigan Events aided in satisfying one’s sweet tooth, with an entire room full of tasty ‘80s candy like Smarties, Laffy Taffy, Now and Later, and candy cigarettes. Last year’s event just included a candy table, but this year’s hungry hearts were pleased with the addition of the entire candy room.

Local ‘80s coverband Starfarm provided the soundtrack down memory lane, proving to be the highlight of the night for many guests in attendance.

Besides hours of live entertainment from Starfarm, guests were welcomed on stage to compete for the ‘80s Idol contest. Mia Shellenbarger and her three girlfriends sang the timely mainstay, “Walk Like An Egyptian,” by The Bangles.

The foursome beat out other hopefuls, and won the contest.

Shellenbarger, 32, really enjoyed the event.

“I was born in ’81 so they had to help me with my hair, because I wasn’t a teenager in the ‘80s so I didn’t have the experience,” Shellenbarger said.

Her favorite part of the night was the wardrobes on display.

“I like seeing all the costumes, and the outfits people came up with,” she said.

Just rooms away from the dime-in-the-jukebox covers, was a silent auction. Iconic movie, music and memorabilia items were up for bid.

“We also added new items to our silent auction including signed pieces by Madonna, Journey and more,” Caswell said.

The event was a huge success, with over 400 in attendance, Caswell added.

Members of local ‘80s coverband Starfarm kept the dance floor packed all night long during the CAWLM ‘80s flashback fundraiser event on Saturday, March 22 at MSU’s University Club.


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