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March 8, 2013

Green Dress Project sets up shop at the Klothes Kloset

OSKALOOSA — The right prom dress may be more affordable than some would expect.

The New Hope Community Center, which is home to the Klothes Kloset managed by Tonya Rice, has a special room set aside full of prom dresses, shoes and accessories. The Klothes Kloset held an open house from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday in honor of these fancy frocks being part of The Green Dress Project.

“I just think that it’s a very important time of year for girls and a lot of girls can’t afford dresses and I just think it’s a wonderful project that is going on,” Rice said.

The Green Dress Project was started in 2009 by 2009 William Penn University alumnae Joni Kelley, of Oskaloosa. It serves as a vehicle for slightly worn prom dresses to be donated for purchase. By 2010, the William Penn University Alumni Association took over the Green Dress Project.

Today, the dresses donated through the Green Dress project have a new home at The Klothes Kloset.

Rice said many different sizes and styles of dress are available at The Klothes Kloset.

“We have everything from 2 to 20,” said Rice.

Right now, the “prom room” at The Klothes Kloset is dedicated to prom dresses, shoes and accessories. However, Rice said she is working on getting donated tuxedos, as well.

It doesn’t stop with donated dresses. Rice said she plans on giving the opportunity for a free makeover, as well. She said girls are encouraged to fill out one sheet of paper and drop it off in a box at The Klothes Kloset to enter.

The New Hope Community Center located within the old Jefferson school building. Another open house for the Green Dress Project will be held Saturday, March 9, from 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Those with a dress they would like to donate, can contact Tonya Rice at (641) 295-1837.


Herald City Editor Andy Goodell can be reached at news2@oskyherald.com.

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