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Benefit to aid Becca's Closet

A fund-raiser will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday at Cold Stone Creamery at Maple and Transit roads in Amherst to benefit Becca's Closet, the charity that collects lightly used but still fashionable prom gowns and offers them for free to girls who can't afford a new gown.

High school students will be working at the Creamery during those hours, and 15 to 35 percent of the profits from the ice cream sold will go to help pay to dryclean all the gowns, said Randi Godshaw, a senior at Williamsville North.

The charity is named for Rebecca Kirtman, a Florida teen who started a dress bank at her high school. Her family kept the charity going after she was killed in a car accident, and chapters have sprung up around the country.

This is the second year Randi and Katie have operated Becca's Closet in the Buffalo area. New to the effort this year are Williamsville East underclassmen Dana Moshides and Megan Paulsen.

"We've had a huge response. We have over 350 dresses but we're looking for a lot more," Randi said. "It's going to be a good year."

Students who can't afford a gown and would like one from Becca's Closet should call after Saturday to make an appointment, Randi said. Dresses will be given away April 29 at Temple Beth Am and May 6 at Heim Middle School.

"If you feel that you need a dress and can't afford it, it's confidential. No one will know," Randi said. The dresses are offered to high school seniors, who must bring a school ID. To ensure confidentiality, organizers make sure in scheduling appointments that "people from the same school don't show up at the same time," Randi said.

There's no deadline for donating dresses "because it will continue to next year," Randi said.

People wishing to donate a gown or prom accessories, may call any of these girls: Randi Godshaw (688-0508), Katie Johnson (689-6144), Dana Moshides (741-4790) or Megan Paulsen, 636-8816, and arrangements will be made to pick up the donated gown.

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