Pictured: (from left to right) Ashley Deno, President Fashion Merchandising Club; Robert Quinones, Director of Student Life and Activities and Jill Donovan, Student Life Administrator at
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“Every club is required to do a community service project,” says Ashley Deno, President of the Fashion Merchandising Club. “We thought this project aligned well with our mission. We wanted to use our knowledge and skills to help others.”
The students began advertising for donations of new and gently-used formal wear in early April in hopes of collecting 50 dresses by the end of May. They quickly surpassed that goal, which led to a dilemma.
“They were storing the dresses in my office,” says Student Life Administrator Jill Donovan. “It didn’t take long to realize we would need more space.”
Fortunately, the club was able to find a larger storage area on campus until Ashley, Jill and the Director of Student Life and Activities, Rob Quinones could deliver the 200-plus gowns to the Boutique. Proceeds from the sale of the dresses will be used to support FCS programs and services, including home care, homelessness prevention and child literacy.