(Beaver Dam) A fundraiser is seeking formal dresses for a scholarship established for a fallen Beaver Dam High School alum. The Emily’s Closet fundraiser is in memory of 2014 grad Emily Lyons who died in a snowmobile accident in 2015.
“Dresses are the biggest item we have and the biggest customers that we see are young women that are in high school…even up to adult women that are coming and looking for a dress for a wedding,” says Organizer Katie Schmidt-Hahn. “But we have the majority of high school students coming in and finding a dress just because it’s leading up to prom season. That’s a big seller.”
Prices range between $5 and $50-dollars. Schmidt-Hahn says they also receive shoe donations as well as accessories and men’s ties. The money raised goes towards the Emily C. Lyons Memorial Scholarship Fund which is awarded to two students every year.
“They get a onetime two-thousand-dollar scholarship,” says Schmidt-Hahn. “We’re really looking for individuals that are very much like Emily. Good character, a lot of kindness, treats others with kindness and respect. They do not need to be going to a four-year school. If they want to go to a technical school, great.”
Schmidt-Hahn says they also accept cash donations at the Beaver Dam Unified School District business office. She says they just opened their Beaver Dam High School drop off site, and students can bring items to the school store the rest of this week as well as Monday through Wednesday of next week.
Donations can also be dropped off at Mittera Wisconsin located at 555 Beichl Avenue through March 9th. The sale will also take place at Mittera March 10th through the 12th.
–Photo courtesy of Emily’s Closet Facebook page