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    Fighting Illini Student-Athletes Host Benefit Fashion Show & Silent Auction
    Football and men's basketball players get fitted for the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Benefit Fashion Show

    Football and men's basketball players get fitted for the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Benefit Fashion Show

    April 20, 2009

    Student-athletes from the University of Illinois will host a benefit fashion show and silent auction on Tuesday, April 21 at 7 p.m. at Foellinger Auditorium. All proceeds from the event will go to the American Cancer Society in honor of former Illini football player Chris Norwell, who was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2008. The general public is encouraged to attend.

    Tickets are available in advance between 8:30am-5pm at the Irwin Academic Services Center, 402 E. Armory Avenue, calling 333-1015 or email

    Student-athletes will be modeling the latest fashions in formal, business and casual wear as well as Fighting Illini athletic apparel. Clothes will be modeled from the following stores -- Game Day, Macy's, Men's Wearhouse, New York and Company, Pacific Sunwear, Pitaya and Urban Outfitters.

    In addition to the fashion show, there will be a silent auction, which will include the following items:
    -Autographed items from former Illini J Leman and the Chicago Bears' Matt Forte'
    -Autographed items from various Illini coaches including Football Coach Ron Zook, Men's Basketball Coach Bruce Weber, Women's Basketball Coach Jolette Law, Assistant Men's Gymnastics Coach and Olympian Justin Spring
    -Opportunities to be honorary coaches at men's football and women's basketball games
    -Srixon Z-RW driver from Men's Golf Coach Mike Small
    -Various Illini merchandise & gift certificates and items from local businesses

    Models are:
    Hannah Welker (Women's Gymnastics)
    Tyler Mizoguchi (Men's Gymnastics)
    Austin Phillips (Men's Gymnastics)
    Sammi Sloan (Women's Golf)
    Chris DeForest (Men's Golf)
    Jamie Alvis (Soccer)
    Amy Allin (Women's Tennis)
    Abe Souza (Men's Tennis)
    Nick Chmielewski (Baseball)
    B.J. Futrell (Wrestling)
    Johannah Bangert (Volleyball)
    Michael Murray (Men's Cross Country)
    Tamika Robbins (Women's Track & Field)
    Meghan Mason (Swimming and Diving)
    Rachel Japp (Swimming and Diving)
    Michelle Mehnert (Swimming and Diving)
    Jack Cornell (Football)
    Justin Staples (Football)
    Supo Sanni (Football)
    Richard Semrau (Men's Basketball)
    Bubba Chisholm (Men's Basketball)
    Lacey Simpson (Women's Basketball)

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