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Donated to me!
Donated to me!
Volunteer Junkie. PTSO Mom. Project Manager.
The idea of donating dresses and formal wear is certainly not a new concept, but it is one that is severely lacking in Santa Rosa County, FL. As a proud PTSO mom of a junior at Pace High School in Pace, FL, I recognize the exorbitant costs associated with attire for dances. Through my work at Navy Federal Credit Union on the School Partnerships Committee, I have gained a deep awareness of the many underserved students in the district. As a former foster child who benefited from dress donation drives several times, I have a passion to fill this need in our community in a more organized way, and with a larger outreach. We need a MOVEMENT.
Contributing to dress drives the past several years renewed a desire to help others as I was helped. In 2020, while people were home during Covid cleaning out closets instead of going to a traditional office, my neighbors and friends started to bring me formal wear for donation drives. Formal dresses and suits for interviews just kept turning up. By Fall 2021, I had almost 20 dresses land at my door for me to "do something with for someone in need." That was enough for me to realize, the time to move is now. Will you join me?
Wendy Chantal Formal Wear Expert
Anyone who has frequented Nixon's over the years will recognize Wendy. She brings extensive experience and knowledge of formal wear, fitting, styles, and industry to our project. Wendy is also mom of three former and current Pace students.
Beth Rohling Community Administrator, Realtor
Beth has been a vital part of the PARA youth sports programs for several years in Pace, with an emphasis in administration/finance. Beth is also a Realtor and mom of four former and current Pace students.
Katie Urzua Hospitality, Seamstress, Photographer
Katie is very active in serving the community as a youth cheer coach, at schools and military spouse initiatives. Katie has been in the hospitality industry for over 16 years, is a skilled seamstress and photographer, and mom of three Pace students.
Melissa Austin Apparel Rep, Youth Programs
Melissa spent 10 years as a Varsity brand representative, servicing elite and youth cheer programs for youth. Her business acumen and experience in large fitting events will be invaluable. Melissa is a mom of current Gulf Breeze students.
Seeking Navarre, Jay and Milton
JOIN OUR TEAM
We are currently seeking Santa Rosa County High School Champions to connect us with students in need.
We need PF Street Teams to get the word out on social media and with friends, associates and fellow school parents about our dress and accessory drives.
We need Business Sponsors to fund our suit/tuxedo rental vouchers, and formal wear retailers to help discount those rentals for qualifying students.
We need Advisory Committee members to help brainstorm, make decisions, and lead the efforts.
We need volunteers to help pick up dresses, organize, tag, and work events.
We would love to have beauty bar consultants to show girls how to do prom hair and makeup on the day of the shopping events.