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The University of North Georgia Oconee campus will host its inaugural fashion show Thursday, Feb. 20 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the campus’s room 522. The show portion of the event will begin at 6:45 p.m., and admission is $5 per person.

This show was the brainchild of Dr. Cyndee Perdue Moore, the campus president, and Sarah Gilbert, a campus executive assistant and event planner. 

Gilbert shared that Dover Grace Boutique in Watkinsville offered UNG Oconee a donation of 101 dresses. She elaborated that Moore and herself envisioned that the donated dresses could be sold to benefit the Nighthawks Student Opportunities for Accelerated Readiness summer camp program.

They capitalized on the opportunity and Gilbert’s fashion knowledge from her undergraduate degree and work experience, and with the help of others, such as admissions coordinator Kristin Stalvey, the project grew to fruition.

“It [the idea] evolved into a fashion show which seemed like the best way to have fun, raise money, and bring new people to our campus all at the same time,” Gilbert said. 

While only a select number of the donated dresses will be shown at the show, all of the dresses will be offered for sale at reduced prices. 

Gowns available will include ones for prom, sweet 16s, Quinceneras, weddings, formals and other similar events. Sizes available will encompass gowns from a children’s size 8 to a women’s size 26, and styles will also encompass a wide array of colors, designs and styles. 

In addition to the already reduced prices, any attendee who purchases a dress will have the admission ticket price deducted from its sale price. Cash or check will be accepted. 

Before and after the show, attendees will be able to browse and try on dresses along the racks.

In addition to the dresses, people will be able to engage different beauticians at the event. People from Belk’s Estee Lauder counter will perform demonstrations. Consultants from Rodan & Fields will also perform demonstrations, as well as hand out samples. 

Furthermore, a stylist from Rizo’s Hair Studio will talk to attendees, hand out samples and show attendees some formal hairstyles that they can do themselves. 

There will also be door prizes at the fashion show. Prizes gathered thus far include a gift card for a free spray tan from Tan Athens, a $50 gift card from Frenchies Modern Nail Care, an in-home hair & make-up session from Devin’s Custom Creations, a His & Her fragrance basket from Belk valued at $300 and door prizes from Rizo’s. 

The admission fee also entitles attendees to be entered into the drawing for one of the door prizes.

UNG Oconee will host the second year of the SOAR summer camp program in June. The SOAR program provides economically disadvantaged and English as a Second Language students who are prospective first-generation college students with the opportunities to engage in various research-related learning activities.

“Last year, we hosted more than 30 children from Athens-Clarke and Oconee counties, Gilbert said. “We hope to expand the program into other counties this year and host at least 60 students this summer.”

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