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Wilkes University To Host Runway Show For Local Teens In Need Of Prom Attire

Prom has become a pricey proposition. According to a recent survey from Visa, the average U.S. family spends around $900 on their teenager’s prom. Wilkes University hopes to give teens in the community a chance to attend prom sharply dressed, but without completely emptying their wallet.

Prom has become a pricey proposition. According to a recent survey from Visa, the average U.S. family spends around $900 on their teenager’s prom. Wilkes University hopes to give teens in the community a chance to attend prom sharply dressed, but without completely emptying their wallet.

 Wilkes’ AmeriCorps VISTA, Office of Civic Engagement and Office of Diversity Initiatives is collecting gently used prom clothes. Donations should be lightly used formal attire and accessories such as dresses, gowns, tuxedos, dress shirts, pants, ties and shoes. The goal is to collect at least 200 articles of clothing. The deadline for donations is April 3.

 They are hosting a free runway show at 6 p.m. Friday, April 7, 2017 in the University Center on Main. Wilkes students will model the clothes before they are donated to a local Cinderella’s Closet, an organization that supplies used formal attire to local residents.

 Those who want to donate should contact Justin Davis, justin.davis@wilkes.edu, or Erica Acosta, Associate Director of Diversity Initiatives, erica.acosta@wilkes.edu.

 Davis, AmeriCorps PACC VISTA and event coordinator, saw the need to support the community firsthand. He was a local teacher and “had quite a few students who didn’t go to prom simply because they couldn’t afford to go. It wasn’t a ticket issue. It wasn’t that they didn’t have money for attendance, but their families couldn’t afford a dress or to get their hair done.”


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