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Collection sites set for prom dress drive

Gently used prom dresses will be collected once again at various locations in the Southtowns.

Erie County Legislator Lynne Dixon is working with Urban Valet Dry Cleaners and community sites to collect dresses for a third annual prom dress drive.

This year's drop-off locations are: Blasdell Village Hall, 121 Miriam Ave.; Boston Library, 9475 Boston State Road; Eden Boys & Girls Club, 8284 North Main St.; Hamburg Public Library, 102 Buffalo St.; Lackawanna Public Library, 560 Ridge Road; Lakeshore Branch Library, 4857 S. Lake Shore Road, Hamburg; Urban Valet Cleaners at 106 Evans St., Hamburg; 4081 N. Buffalo Road, Orchard Park; and 620 Elmwood Ave.

Urban Valet Dry Cleaners will clean all the donations and have them ready for girls to choose from. Anyone in need of a dress is welcome to attend "Shopping Days," from 5:30 to 8 p.m. April 19 and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 21 in Hamburg High School.

During its first two years, the Prom Dress Drive collected more than 1,200 dresses.

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UB students promote drunk driving awareness

Daily events and a memorial walk are planned as students at the University at Buffalo hold their first Drunk Driving Awareness Week from Monday through Saturday.

Organizers -- which include the Undergraduate Student Association, Greek Affairs, SBI and the Student Wellness Team -- will have informational sessions and demonstrations, along with free food, music and giveaways, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Friday in the Student Union lobby.

Mark Sterner, who served a prison term after three of his friends died in a crash while he was driving drunk, will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Student Union theater. Those who attend will receive a free $10 gift card from Liberty Cab.

The third annual Matthew Scarpati Memorial Walk will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday on the Amherst Bike Path near the Ellicott Comlex on UB's North Campus. Scarpati, a UB freshman, was killed by a drunken motorcyclist in Wantagh, Long Island, in 2009 as he was fixing a flat tire on his bicycle.

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Komen for the Cure awards grants to 8 local programs

The Western New York affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure has awarded grants totaling $405,928 to eight local programs providing breast cancer education and support in the region.

Affiliate board president Colleen Nossavage reports that the agency sought to fill gaps in breast health services in rural Southern Tier communities and to increase services for African-American women.

The grants were awarded at the Komen WNY for the Cure Kick-off Luncheon last week in the Hyatt Regency Buffalo.

Recipients included the Allegany County Department of Health, Deaf Adult Services of Western New York, the Erie County Department of Health, Genesee Cancer Assistance, International Institute of Buffalo, the National Witness Project, Roswell Park Alliance Foundation and WCA Hospital.

For additional information, visit www.komanwny.org.