February 16, 2013 at 12:43 PM
Thousands of adoring fans. A runway all your own to show off your favorite fashions. Oh, and don't forget the Nittany Lion.
No, it's not Fashion Week. It's the annual Four Diamonds Fashion Show on the Interfraternity Council/Panhellenic Dance Marathon's diamond-shaped stage.
More than 50 Four Diamonds Fund children strutted their stuff in their favorite clothes to an audience with big applause at about noon Saturday at the Bryce Jordan Center.
THON organization student volunteers, student announcers and a dancing Nittany Lion supported children, ranging from toddlers to teenagers, walking along the “red carpet.”
Club croquet Four Diamonds child Nick Fulton breezed across the stage confidently, ending his red carpet walk with a Heisman Trophy pose.
Atlas THON volunteers lifted Four Diamonds child Victoria Smith out of her wheelchair as she smiled to loud cheers.
“I don't know how she does it, but she really has the 'it' factor,” said Breean Gilbert, a student emcee.
The Four Diamonds children who took to the stage remained connected to THON in humorous ways, according to their short announced biographies. Carried on the shoulders of her THON organization, FOTO, 5-year-old Megan Eslinger lost her first tooth at this year's THON Family Carnival. Theta Chi Four Diamonds child AJ Bobby named his pet turtle (What else?) Penn State.
Physique Boutique and the Student Book Store provided clothing for children.