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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
“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
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
The contest and rules
are available on the
Clothes That Work website
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
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-
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]
or call (937) 293-1945, ext.
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
If you are interested in any of
the opportunities listed below or additional community
service projects, go online to 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
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 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.