Helping fellow students get better grades might seem like reason to celebrate, but that's not why the peer tutors at Cayuga Community College are in search of party dresses. Besides keeping up with their own courses, completing special tutor training, and providing free assistance to other Cayuga students through the Academic Support Center, the 40 or so tutors of the Auburn campus have launched another project. Instead of college students hitting the books, this one's all about high school students hitting the dance floor and looking fabulous on prom night.
"Gorgeous Gowns, Second Time Around" began last year when the Tutor Club organized a prom dress recycling campaign as a charity benefit. Club members solicited donations of gowns, clean and in good condition, to sell at low cost. Area high school girls, attending try-and-buy events with their mothers, acquired more than 75 prom dresses. Proceeds were donated to assist area food banks and, through UNICEF, Haiti earthquake relief efforts.
"Gorgeous Gowns, Second Time Around" is back this year for, well, a second time around. New or gently-used prom dresses can be brought to the drop-off rack just inside the main college entrance at 197 Franklin Street. Donations will be welcome:
- Monday – Thursday, November 1–4, 8:00 am – 9:00 pm
- Friday – November 5, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
- Sunday – November 7, 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Retailers wishing to make pick-up or delivery arrangements can contact Teresa Hoercher, Coordinator of Tutorial Services, at 315-255-1743, extension 2289.
The gowns will be sold during the spring 2011 semester, with advance publicity going to Cayuga and Oswego County high schools.