Greenwich cheerleaders set for Holiday Fashion Show

From left to right, GHS cheerleading captains: Carly Goldstein, Erin Andrews, Coco Vaccari, Kaitlyn Cunningham.

The seniors on the Greenwich High School cheerleading team will get their chance to be in the spotlight next Sunday.

The Cardinals seniors will model fashions provided by The Side Door at the Greenwich High Cheerleaders’ 6th annual Holiday Boutique & Fashion Show at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich on Nov. 11.

The varsity, junior varsity and freshman cheerleading teams will all be involved in the event, with the varsity cheerleaders modeling the fashions from The Side Door.

“For the seniors, it’s one of their last big hoorah’s on the team,” Greenwich varsity cheerleading coach Maryanne Catalano said. “The event has been a great fundraiser for us. It’s been a big success each year.”

The GHS cheerleading models will be escorted by some of the Greenwich High football players (about 30 are attending). Shop boutiques will offer unique gift items at the event which includes a silent auction (New York Jets tickets are one of the prizes being auctioned), hors d’ouvres, deserts, beverages and a surprise guest. All proceeds for the event benefit the GHS cheerleading program.

The Holiday Boutique & Fashion Show is especially special for Cardinal senior cheerleading captains Carly Goldstein, Kaitlyn Cunningham, Erin Andrews and Coco Vaccari.

“I am so excited for the fashion show,” Goldstein said. “We waited for years for this. I remember as a freshman walking around with hors

The Greenwich High School cheerleaders practice one of their new routines Saturday.

d’ouvres and now it’s our turn, which is great.”

Goldstein has enjoyed her role as one of the senior captains that’s helped lead the team.

“It’s been a lot of fun, we are all so close now and everyone has been working really hard,” Goldstein said. “The seniors have stepped up and taken a lot of responsibility of leading the team along with the captains.”

Cunningham said: “I am really looking forward to it. It’s a lot of fun because the entire program gets together. The football team also gets involved, they walk down with us. It’s nice to see the cheerleaders and football team get involved together for this event.”

Andrews has waited patiently over the years for her turn to model at the fashion show.

“To be in it this year is awesome, it’s kind of like another prom,” Andrews said. “We had to wait a while and watch the other seniors model each year, but it’s been worth the wait.”

Said Vaccari: “It’s a nice way for us to celebrate our last year on the cheerleading team. We are really excited and we’ve prepared a lot for this. It’s nice to have a chance to be go out there wearing The Side Door’s clothes this year.”

The Cardinals cheerleaders spend a lot of time in the gymnasium perfecting their routines. Saturday they were at the GHS gym for several hours preparing their latest routines under the guidance of Catalano and junior varsity coach Erin Montague, who was a quad-captain on the Greenwich’s 2007 cheerleading team.

“Coach is always there for us, she is like our second mother,” Goldstein said. “She’s a great coach and is always there no matter what we need.”

“We practice all year round and really have a lot of fun. We’re like a family,” Andrews said.

Catalano will indeed, this year’s seniors when they graduate.

“It’s going to see them go,” Catalano said. “All 12 of them have been great leaders.”

The admission price for the Holiday Boutique and Fashion Show is $40 for adults and $15 for students.

Dave Fierro