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January 23, 2009
Vol. 50 No. 12

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Group collects prom gowns

Courtesy of The Crusader/Stephanie Beazley
Dress Up- Prom dresses collected by WomenSpeak are displayed at the Women's Studies house, where the drive will continue until Feb. 2.
The Susquehanna student group WomenSpeak is in the midst of a Prom Dress Drive, a campaign to gather prom dresses and accessories to be donated to area high school students.

"WomenSpeak is collecting used prom dresses and gowns, jewelry, shoes and even unopened makeup containers to be given to area high school students," said WomenSpeak project manager Amanda Moser.

"The students who will receive these items are those who otherwise would be unable to buy the outfits and accessories they need to attend prom," she said.

The inspiration for the drive came from an alumna who was working with the Junior League of Williamsport Inc., on a project called Cinderella's Closet, Moser said.

The Junior League of Williamsport, Inc. is "an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Our purpose is exclusively educational and charitable," according to its Web site

Its vision statement says that the group is "committed to improving the quality of life for children and their families."

Information about the Prom Dress Drive at Susquehanna was spread to students through word-of-mouth before the end of the 2008 fall semester so that they could bring back their items with them from winter break.

A Facebook event page was also created to publicize this campaign.

According to the page, which was created by WomenSpeak, "This will be [the Junior League of Williamsport Inc.'s] second year of Cinderella's Closet, an event where young ladies who plan to attend their high school prom are provided with not only a dress and accessories for the special night, but a boost of self-confidence and pride."

WomenSpeak urged participants to "bring back all of your prom stuff that you don't need/want/wear/use...dresses, shoes, bags, the whole shebang. This is a really great cause and will give some local young ladies a great night out!"

According to Moser, 15-20 prom dresses have been donated so far.

WomenSpeak will continue the drive until Feb. 2.

Donations for the Prom Dress Drive can be dropped off at the Women's Studies House at 402 University Ave.

If there are any questions about the drive, contact Moser via e-mail.

"I think this is great," Moser said. "You can get all of those things out of your closet that you will never wear again, and then donate them to a really good cause.

"I definitely hope to continue this project in the future," she added.

WomenSpeak is "an egalitarian group educating the campus and community about women's ideas and accomplishments, personal safety, health issues, and other social and personal issues," according to its Web site

WomenSpeak will be performing Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues in Weber Chapel the weekend of Feb. 20. Tickets will be $5 for students and $10 non-students. A portion of the proceeds go to the V-day campaign and the rest go to Susquehanna Valley Women in Transition (SVWIT).

Other upcoming events that WomenSpeak will sponsor are Take Back the Night, Operation Freefall and a sexual assault awareness week.


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