Dayton Daily News | Complete. In-Depth. Dependable. Sunday, February 5, 2012 | D7 Paid Advertisement Life Fairy Godmother Project needs used formal dresses for prom Meredith Moss Make a Diﬀerence Imagine not being able to go to the prom because you can’t afford a pretty dress. That’s all changed in the Miami Valley over the past four years thanks to The Fairy Godmother Project. “The program is so special to us because it really helps to promote self-conﬁdence for high school teens and enables them and their families to worry about one less thing in this economy,” says Lindsay Ackley, executive director of Clothes That Work. The project is a program of that organization, which now partners with The Links, Inc. Close to 1,000 gowns have been collected over the years and distributed to area girls who delight in ﬁnding the perfect gown and accessories. “You can’t help but smile when you see the girls trying on dresses and complimenting one another,” said Ackley. “For the time that they’re here, they get to be teenage girls and not worry about other things.” You can be the Fairy Godmother to a girl by donating the formal dresses you aren’t using. So many girls and women, says Ackley, have bridesmaids dresses in their closet or a prom dress they’ve worn only once or twice. All kinds of dressy dresses in every size are needed. Sizes 18 and above are especially in demand. Gowns can be short or long, vintage gowns are welcome also. In addition to the dresses, you’re urged to bring accessories: purses, shoes, jewelry, hair accessories. Items will be accepted from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Feb. 11 at Clothes That Work, 1133 Edwin C. Moses Blvd., Dayton. Tax deduction slips are available. “We are also accepting dresses here at Clothes That Work from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday through March 10, and from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 10,” said Ackley. Other drop-off locations: The members of Generation Dayton are collecting gowns for the project, which can be taken to the Dayton Chamber of Commerce during weekday business hours. It’s located at One Chamber Plaza in the Dayton Convention Center. Oakwood Florist, 2313 Far Hills Ave., is also a collection site, as is the stu- dent union at Wright State University on Fridays through March 16. If you know a girl in need of a gown, the Fairy Godmother dress distribution will be held from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 17. You’re welcome to come. An essay contest in connection with the project is being sponsored by The Links. The contest and rules are available on the Clothes That Work website www.clothesthatwork.org. The winners will be contacted prior to March 17 and will receive additional prom-related goodies. For more information, call (937) 222-3778. If your nonproﬁt organization would like to publish its wish list, please send details to Meredith Moss: [email protected] Be sure to include a daytime phone number. A nniversary BILL & SHARON GILLILAND 50TH ANNIVERSARY MR. & MRS. PETROCELLI 50TH ANNIVERSARY Joseph and Marianne (Schomaker) Petrocelli celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on February 3, 2012. They were married in Cincinnati, Ohio at St. Francis DeSales Catholic Church. They celebrated this very special occasion at a family dinner with daughters Mary Jo and Suzanne, son Tony, daughter-in-law Anne and grandson Nicholas. Congratulations on a lifetime of friend- GREG & FRAN BOYD HAPPY 30TH ANNIVERSARY VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES Homefull works to end (URS) is seeking volun- homelessness by providing housing, services, advocacy and education. Homefull is seeking volunteers for the following opportunities: after-school tutoring program, ﬁling/ofﬁce work and money-management teacher. Email Cathy Burry at [email protected]full.org or call (937) 293-1945, ext. 543. United Rehabilitation Services of Greater Dayton teers for the 14th annual Bud Light Barstool Open on Feb. 25 (a Saturday), to beneﬁt adults and children with disabilities. This event is an indoor, miniature golf outing through nine bars. Volunteers are needed for shifts from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 2 to 6 p.m. For more information, call (937) 2331230, ext. 130. Five Rivers MetroParks is seeking volunteers for The Adven- ture Summit. Do you enjoy the outdoors? Want to be a part of the region’s premier outdoor adventure exposition? The summit seeks to inspire and educate people interested in a vibrant and healthy lifestyle by offering demonstrations, classes, competitions and vendors. The event is Friday and Saturday at Wright State University. Volunteers assist with classroom presentations, offer visitor assistance, help with exhibi- tor set-up, merchandise sales, activity registration and more. Contact Carolyn Wamsley at carolyn.wamsle [email protected] or (937) 343-5748. More details can be found on the website at www.theadventuresummit .com. If you are interested in any of the opportunities listed below or additional community service projects, go online to www.VolunteerDayton.org or call (937) 225-3039. Bill and Sharon Gilliland are celebrating their 50th Anniversary on Feb. 10. They were married at Shiloh Church by Reverend Fay Le Meadows. They have three children, David, Jeff and Sally and her husband Mark Sites. Three Grandchildren; McKenzie Sarah Gilliland, Thomas William and Jackson Randolph Sites. They are sharing their occasion with friends in Mesa Arizona and then departing on a Caribbean Cruise. Greg and Fran have been blessed with 2 sons Josh (Tasha) and Jake (Liz) and are expecting their 1st grandchild this summer. They will be celebrating with a weekend Getaway for two at an undisclosed location. ROBERT & MARILYN HANSEN 50TH ANNIVERSARY Robert and Marilyn (Fecher) Hansen of Waynesville were married on February 3rd, 1962 at St. Joseph Church, Dayton, Ohio. They have one daughter, Amy and two grandchildren; Paige and Emma.
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