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Emily’s Closet returns to Beaver Dam High School

January 23, 2019

Emily’s Closet returns to Beaver Dam High School this year with new incentives for those wanting to look through the prom dresses.

Beaver Dam High School has honored the memory of Emily Lyons, a former student who died less than a year after graduation, since 2016 with Emily’s Closet. It is a fundraiser that has provided gently used formal dresses for girls to wear to prom at an affordable price. It is named for Lyons, who was killed at age 19 in 2015 in a snowmobile accident in Vilas County.

BDHS alum Arianna Weinberger organizes the clothing drive.

“Emily was such a kind and giving person constantly throughout her high school career,” Weinberger said. “This is one way we can honor her memory while holding onto her legacy of kindness and embracing it.”

The program also gives students of all backgrounds a chance to obtain a prom dress at a reasonable price.

New this year, Weinberger said, is an incentive program. People trying on the dresses will be given chances to win: free prom tickets, a $50 nail gift certificate, a professional appointment for hair and makeup and a photo session. Those who buy items will get an additional entry for each item they purchase.

The donated dresses will be sold to students for $15 to $50.

“We got a lot of dresses new with tags from a bridal shop in Milwaukee that closed,” Weinberger said.

But more donations are welcome and will be collected at the main entrance of the high school the week of Feb. 11-15 from 3-5 p.m. and Feb. 18-21 from 3-5 p.m. Jewelry and other accessories are also accepted.

Funds raised from the sale of the dresses will be contributed to the Emily C. Lyons Memorial — a $2,000 scholarship offered in Lyons’ memory. Lyons, a 2014 graduate, was a BDHS homecoming queen. The scholarship is awarded to an outstanding senior who plans to pursue a career in the sciences at a four-year university.

Beaver Dam High School’s prom is April 13.

The clothes sale will be in the library of Beaver Dam Middle School, 108 W. Fourth St., on:

Feb. 22 from 4-8 p.m.Feb. 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.Feb. 24 from 1-5 p.m.