More than 230 Brophy seniors walked the runway at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn in front of a crowd of 1,200 at the 38th annual Brophy Fashion Show in April. A highlight of the year for many seniors and their families, the show raises money for the Brophy Financial Aid Fund, which has a budget of $5.8 million for the 2021-22 school year.
The runway show was full of excitement as the boys showed off their personalities by choreographing individual dance moves, carrying state championship trophies and even performing a few backflips. Fashion show chairs Lana Holmes and Nancy Bates said that final fundraising totals are not available for this year’s event, but past shows have consistently raised a net total of $700,000.
While incoming students are accepted into Brophy on their individual merit, financial aid is awarded to students who demonstrate need. Brophy’s student population is diverse, with approximately 100 elementary and middle schools represented, and graduates attend some of the most selective colleges and universities in the country. Nearly one-third of all Brophy students receive some sort of financial aid.
The fashion show is staffed by parent volunteers and is the culmination of many months of planning and hard work. Valley retailers like Hugo Boss, Carter’s Men’s Store, The Clotherie, Faherty and others work with teams of senior boys to craft individual outfits for the runway.
This year’s theme was “Let Your Light Shine,” and attendees were treated to a pre-show reception on the patio while watching “The Art of Fashion” runway show presented by long-time Brophy Fashion Show partner, Neiman Marcus. Following the ‘professional’ show, featuring working models from the Agency Arizona, the senior boys took to the stage to show off their hand-picked outfits.
The annual event is a favorite of many Brophy parents and comes near the end of the boys’ four-year high school careers. Brophy President Adria Renke thanked the crowd of Brophy supporters and congratulated the parents for supporting and loving their boys during their Brophy journeys.
Brophy is the only Jesuit high school in Arizona and receives no Diocesan or state funding. Brophy develops intellectually competent leaders, open to growth, religious, loving, and committed to doing justice. Brophy seeks to form Men for Others.