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Virgen: A fun night of fundraising

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September 25, 2013|By Steve Virgen
(Courtesy of Willie…)

When April Ross walked onto the runway Sunday night, she showed swagger as she pulled out a camera to take a photo of her friends behind her, that would be Misty May-Treanor and Steve Timmons.

May-Treanor followed with a silly bit, too. She danced like Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta did in "Grease," and swirled her make-believe lasso.

Timmons had a little breakdance move, it appeared, as he also modeled on the runway.

It was all silly and fun, and to raise money for their favorite high school sports program at the OC Mix in Costa Mesa.

Newport Harbor alumni Ross, May-Treanor and Timmons were a part of "Style in Sports," a fundraiser fashion show for the Newport Harbor volleyball teams. Boys and girls from the teams also showed their personality as they modeled fashion from special sponsors during the night.

"It was amazing," Ross said of the event. "When I was in high school we never had anything close to this happening for fundraising. It was really fun to be a part of. It's a perfect event for volleyball."

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Ross said she had a lot of fun, mainly because of May-Treanor.

"It's hard not to have fun," Ross said. "Misty kind of raises the bar on the fun. I know she's going to be super goofy so I have to do something too."

Ross, May-Treanor and Timmons are volleyball royalty at Newport Harbor. They were introduced at a red carpet as they came out of convertible luxury cars.

Timmons, also known as "Big Red," who graduated from Newport Harbor in 1979, won two Olympic gold medals and a bronze for the U.S. men's indoor volleyball team.

May-Treanor is also legendary, as she won three straight Olympic gold medals in beach volleyball.

Ross won the silver medal at the London Olympics, and she's on a quest for gold at the 2016 Olympics with May-Treanor's former teammate Kerri Walsh Jennings.

NHHS Coach Dan Glenn, a friend of Timmons', certainly sported a smile at the event and beamed with pride when he talked about the alumni who give back to the program.

"I'm just really proud of them," Glenn said. "The greatest thing for me, is that they all give back. None of them have forgotten where they are from as far as their roots."

Glenn said May-Treanor showed up to support the Sailors at Newport Harbor's season-opener at Long Beach Poly earlier this month. Ross attends Newport Harbor's matches, too. She even drove all the way to Goleta to watch Newport Harbor's match at Dos Pueblos in the state playoffs in 2009. Glenn likes to tell that story.

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