Dress Drive Raises Big Money for Anoka County 4-H

Posted by on March 30, 2012

Global Citizenship students partner with 4-H to provide dresses for less-fortunate

Four Minnesota School of Business-Elk River students set their sights high on giving back to the local community by organizing a prom dress drive to raise money for the Anoka County 4-H program.

Group Members: Dennis Stevenson, Renee Swanson, Cody Bourdon and Shannon Hillyard

“I’ve been involved with 4-H since I was six,” said group leader Renee Swanson.  “So I wanted to educate my group members about 4-H and raise money for the program’s expenses like supplies, fair ribbons and the scholarship fund.”

Getting 17 prom dresses donated in just 17 days was the group’s goal.  A Facebook event was established to create awareness, along with flyers and a creatively-crafted donation box that was placed in the student commons at Minnesota School of Business in Elk River.

28 Dresses Were Collected in Total

In just under 17 days, the group collected 28 dresses – 11 more than their goal.  The donated dresses were then sold for a fraction of their original cost to high school girls, with an upcoming prom night, who otherwise couldn’t afford a dress.

The group raised $560 for the Anoka 4-H program from the sale of the donated dresses.

“Organizing the dress drive was just a piece of this group’s project for class,” said global citizenship instructor Nicole Rasmussen.  “They also volunteered their time for a 4-H workshop and educated themselves on the 4-H program.”

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