Prom dress sale to benefit Relay for Life cancer fight

Delisia Washington, Staff Writer

Pre-prom panic has plagued senior girls who search for the perfect prom dress. However, post-prom donations can relieve students of prom planning stress, while contributing to cancer research.

“The Prom Dress Sale Spectacular” is a cancer fundraiser coordinated by senior Environmental Engineering majors Katie Cirone and Lizzie Helsel.

The event is scheduled on Tuesday, Feb. 26, March 12 and Thursday, March 14. Wilkes University and community members are invited to the Henry Student Union Building lobby from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to donate lightly worn prom dresses that will be sold generally to local high school students from 9 a.m.until 2 p.m. Saturday, March 16, in the SUB.

All proceeds from the dress sales will be donated to the American Cancer Society’s national event “Relay for Life.”

Cirone and Helsel are a part of the Wilkes University Relay for life team that participates in various fundraisers for the American Cancer Society. This year will be Wilkes’s eighth annual Relay for Life event programmed for noon. April. 20 and will go through 6 a.m. April 21 in the Wilkes campus greenway.

Relay for life is all about cancer.

“It is an 18-hour event where we celebrate those who have survived, remember those we have lost and encourage those that are currently fighting,” Cirone said.

People donating dresses have the opportunity to do something good, while “cleaning out their closets,” Helsel said.

And students buying dresses get them at affordable prices, while providing monetary support for “the largest event on campus,” Cirone said.

Cirone and Helsel’s Relay for Life team “Captain Planet and the Planeteers” surpassed their fundraising goal of $21,000 last year by $15,000. Their goal this year is to raise at least $34,500.