Events

Fighting HIV/AIDS

By Jessica Lyons The Queens Courier – Healthwise section June 2008 Windows of Opportunity (WOO), the Barbara Harmon Institute, is encouraging high school girls to believe in themselves while also raising money for charity through their Shortstack Program and 2nd Annual Charity Fashion Show. WOO was founded in 2002 and gained non-profit status in 2005. Its founder and Executive Director Hal Eisenberg had been working with parents and children in the community for many years. “From being active in the community and [...]

How to stay optimistic through the recession, bad weather and swine flu fears

By Gina Salamone Daily News Staff Writer Tuesday, May 5th 2009 Olivia Mignone Overcame Height Bias …The 18-years-old from Queens dreamed of becoming a model since childhood. But at just 5′ foot 1″, she knew that wouldn’t be easy. Instead of sitting around sulking, she started her own modeling agency for girls, donating money raised from shows to charity. “I’ve always wanted to model,” Mignone shares. “I watch ‘America’s Next Top Model.’ My freshman year of high school, when I was 14, I [...]

The Scene 2008

September 2008 A&U Magazine June 20th, Flushing Town Hall in Queens, New York, was the setting for making a fashion statement – one that combined awareness about HIV/AIDS, eating disorders, and the power of teens to make a positive difference in the world. Members of the jazz trio, In Pure Thought, Shortstack’s second annual Charity Fashion Show saw its program’s models take to the runway in front of a packed house in order to raise funds for Windows of Opportunity’s HIV Empowerment [...]

The Scene 2007

September 2007 A&U Magazine Pink and purple balloons anchored to benches on the Long Island campus of Adelphi University led the way to the first annual Shortstack Charity Fashion Show this past June. Attendees were greeted by three long tables of silent auction packages, from Morrissey concert tickets to airline tickets, as well as a LIFEbeat table sporting a fantasia of colorfully wrapped condoms. The runway set up in the University Center saw several walks, led off by the premiere of Sarah [...]

Bayside Teen’s Atypical Models to Hit Catwalk at Charity Event

By Nathan Duke Thursday, April 2, 2009 1:22 PM EDT An 18 year old senior from Bayside’s Benjamin N. Cardozo High School said she is currently overseeing 18 teenage girls who do not fit the typical description of a fashion model, but will walk the runway at a Manhattan charity event this summer. Olivia Mignone, who lives in Bayside and attends Cardozo, founded Shortstack Modeling Agency in 2006 through the city-based Windows of Opportunity, a [...]