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Virgen: Dynamic duo gives back

August 16, 2013|By Steve Virgen
(Steven Georges )

Misty May-Treanor stands with her hands on her hips in a bikini with also her game-face on in a poster ad created to help the Newport Harbor High girls' volleyball program.

In the background, April Ross stands in the same pose, also wearing a bikini. They are on what appears to be a catwalk covered in sand. The image also has a gold medal and a silver medal from the 2012 Olympics.

The poster was made for the upcoming, "Style In Sports," a fundraiser fashion show for the Newport Harbor High girls' volleyball program.

May-Treanor, a three-time Olympic gold medalist in beach volleyball, and Ross, a silver medalist, are among Newport Harbor alumni giving back and volunteering as part of the event that takes place Sept. 22 at the OC Mart Mix in Costa Mesa.

It should be a fun event.

Evelyn Yardley, the community chair for the fundraiser, is excited the program's most popular players are returning to be in the fashion show.

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They held the fashion show last year, but it didn't fit into the duo's schedule, Yardley said.

Last year around 100 people showed up to the event. This year 400 are expected to attend, Yardley said.

Tickets are $100 per person and can be purchased through the Newport Harbor High team's website at http://www.newportharborvolleyball.com/girlsHomeCourt.php.

"This is another way for the program to raise funds, other than our ad program," Yardley said. "And, it's something fun for the girls to participate in. Our senior and junior players will be a part of it."

Yardley is glad to help. Her daughter, Kierstyn, will be a junior on the team. Kierstyn is the daughter of Bill Yardley, a former Newport Harbor star who went on to be an All-American at USC and a U.S. national team member in volleyball. His uncle is the famous George Yardley, the Basketball Hall of Famer who played at Newport Harbor.

Yardley said Kirby Burnham, Cinnamon Sary and Mackenzi Campbell are among the alumni returning to be a part of the fashion show and wear items presented by Surfside among other designers.

Burnham and Sary play sand volleyball at USC, and Campbell plays indoor at UC Irvine. Burnham won the American Volleyball Coaches Assn. national title this past year.

The event will also have a red-carpet entry and a local dealership will have convertible Bentleys for May-Treanor and Ross to enter in style.

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