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Operation Prom Dress aims to help promgoers, Bridge to Hope

March 19, 2012

A UW-Stout class is taking action to promote sexual assault awareness and help high school girls who may be going to prom. Human development and family studies students are holding Operation Prom Dress from 4-8 p.m. Friday, March 23, at Keyes Chevrolet, 303 Oak Ave. in Menomonie.

With spring high school proms coming up, used prom dresses will be for sale. The prices will range from $15 to $60. Used dresses can be donated through Tuesday, March 20, at Bridge to Hope, 1901 S. Broadway St.

Along with providing a low-cost dress option, proceeds from the event will raise money for Bridge to Hope, a Menomonie domestic violence shelter, and educate teens about sexual assault. April is sexual assault awareness month.

The event is being coordinated by UW-Stout student Samantha Schneider, of Holcombe. “Girls need to be reminded that sex is not an expected part of prom and that it’s OK to say no,” Schneider said.

Schneider’s assistants are classmates Megan Kelly, of Menomonie; Jeanne Maurer, of North Mankato, Minn.; and Cecily Rentz, of Excelsior, Minn. They are in the class Abuse and the Family taught by Susan Wolfgram.

Operation Prom Dress will include music, snacks, raffles and free hair and makeup makeovers.

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