Brooke event helped local teens, poor abroad

WELLSBURG – An event organized by a Brooke High School senior made many prom and homecoming gowns available to area teens at little cost and will provide wheelchairs to many poor, handicapped individuals in developing countries.

The homecoming and prom fashion show organized by Kylie Greathouse of West Liberty raised $2,224, enough to provide about 30 easy-to-assemble wheelchairs for the poor in countries aided by the Free Wheelchair Mission.

Greathouse said she learned of the cause while participating in a fundraiser for it with other pupils at Wellsburg Middle School.

John Warnock, a local representative of the international charity, praised Greathouse for her leadership in coordinating the event.

The daughter of Bob and Laura Greathouse, she called it “a learning experience,” but added she now is working with others to establish a clothes closet for students at the high school.

She said many classmates, faculty, community members and area businesses helped her accomplish the fashion show, which was a community service project required of her as a senior honors student, and she’s pleased with its success.

Greathouse said at least 100 used prom and homecoming dresses donated by area residents were sold at low prices to girls who might not have been able to afford them. For example, a number that were valued at $200 went for $10, she said.

Greathouse said many of the dresses were in good condition because their owners wore them only once.

The gowns were modeled by students from Brooke, Weir and Weirton Madonna high schools.

The $3 admission included a chance in a drawing for gift cards donated by businesses. For another dollar, attendees could enter a drawing for a gift package dubbed the Ultimate Prom Experience. Morgan Corle of Avella won the prize, which included a new dress, hairstyling and makeup, a visit to a tanning bed, shoes and jewelry, with a total estimated value of about $700, and all donated by a group of Tupperware vendors.

Hairstylists with the Hair Shoppe, Bre’s Tropical Illusions Salon and Unique Design, all of Wellsburg, and Legal Hair and Day Spa of Steubenville provided free haircuts to a number of attendees.

(Scott can be contacted at wscott@herladstaronline.com)