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Owens hosts third annual Prom Dress Drive


Owens Community College students will hold the third annual Prom Dress Drive, starting Monday.

The drive, which runs through March 29, is coordinated by the college’s Raising Awareness Club. Owens students will accept various gently used prom-specific items, including dresses, shoes, purses, gloves and jewelry, among other prom accessories. The Raising Awareness Club and the Springfield High School Academic Booster Club will host an April 6 event for high school students and their families to purchase the donated items.

Nicole Buccalo, Owens Student Activities assistant and Raising Awareness Club advisor, said the drive at the Perrysburg Township campus has been a big success in the past.

“We really want to make sure that each high school student’s prom is a memorable event," she said.

At the April 6 Prom Dress Extravaganza, high school students and their families will be able to buy prom dresses and accessories for costs ranging from $5 to $20 for dresses and 50 cents to $5 for accessories. Shopping mentors will be on hand to assist people. Also, Owens students will provide prom dress alterations free of charge during the event.

The purchasing event will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the college’s Student Health and Activities Center on Oregon Road in Perrysburg Township.

All prom donations can be dropped off at the Office of Student Activities Room 165 at the Student Health and Activities Center at the suburban Toledo's campus or at Salon Onyx in Toledo.

All proceeds from the prom dress initiative will be used to benefit future community outreach activities for the Raising Awareness Club.

The Owens club was founded with the overall purpose of raising awareness about an array of issues and causes. Comprised of Owens students, employees and alumni, the group is committed to advocating for the acceptance of cultural differences, global unity, disability awareness and various needs that impact the surrounding communities.

For more information, or to make a donation, call 567-661-2569 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 2569.

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