Bride of the Year a kinder­garten fundraiser

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Bride of the Year couldn’t be a more ap­pro­pri­ate fundraiser for Som­er­set Kinder­garten.

As fam­i­lies of many of the brides are closely in­volved with the kinder­garten move­ment, Som­er­set Kinder­garten has or­gan­ised the event for the last 47 years.

This year’s Bride of the Year will be held at the Re­gent on Broad­way on Septem­ber 5 at 7pm.

Som­er­set Kinder­garten prides it­self on its amaz­ing nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment where chil­dren can play, ex­plore and learn, so this year its fundrais­ing goes to­wards the on­go­ing devel­op­ment of its out­door fa­cil­i­ties with plans to ex­tend the ve­ran­dah to cre­ate more space.

Head teacher Jill Brider says gov­ern­ment fund­ing pro­vides the ba­sics but events such as this with lo­cal spon­sor­ship, raf­fles and auc­tions ‘‘top up the re­sources that kinder­gartens need.’’

About 30 brides, who’ve mar­ried or set­tled in Manawatu over the last 15 months, have en­tered the com­pe­ti­tion. They have the chance to wear their wed­ding dress, meet the judges be­fore­hand and strut the Re­gent aisle and stage while MC Rachel Bowen en­ter­tains the au­di­ence with high­lights of pro­pos­als and wed­ding days.

‘‘It’s a win­ning for­mula for the brides,’’ Jill Brider says. ‘‘They love to wear their wed­ding dress again, en­joy the lux­u­ries of make-up and hair and look back on the event with fond mem­o­ries.’’

The brides will en­ter from the top of the au­di­to­rium and process down the theatre to the stage, ac­com­pa­nied by bridesmaids, grooms­men, flower girls, grooms­men and mod­els. The live band Down the Aisle will pro­vide mu­sic and lo­cal de­signer Steele Cloth­ing will model their new line of gar­ments.

There’ll also be per­for­mances from Som­er­set Cres­cent School kapa haka, Mon­rad In­ter­me­di­ate Pasi­fika and Evolve Per­form­ing Arts Cen­tre.

In ad­di­tion there’ll be a Wear­able Arts Wed­ding Gar­ment com­pe­ti­tion where some Ruahine Kinder­gartens, in­clud­ing Som­er­set, will model a wed­ding in­spired out­fit that’s been cre­ated and con­structed by chil­dren and teach­ers to re­flect their com­mu­nity.

‘‘The raf­fles, si­lent auc­tions and spot prizes, in­clud­ing best wed­ding at­tire, will be part of the evening so be sure to come along with spare cash,’’ says Jill.

The win­ning bride will re­ceive over $1000 in prizes with sec­ond and third also win­ning gen­er­ous prizes. All brides re­ceive goodie bags for tak­ing part on the night.

Bride of the Year will be held at the Re­gent on Broad­way on Mon­day, Septem­ber 5 at 7pm. Tick­ets, which in­clude a com­pli­men­tary glass of bub­bles or juice, from Tick­etDirect.

Som­er­set Kinder­garten head teacher Jill Brider (left), Bride of the Year Master of Cer­e­monies Rachel Bowen and young­sters from Som­er­set Kinder­garten.

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