Members of the Janesville Noon Lions Club recently led an effort to raise money to help female students from the Wisconsin School for the Blind and Visually Impaired with expenses related to their prom, in particular buying that perfect dress.
Lions Andy and Dawn Soto both are employed at WSBVI; Andy as the dean of students and Dawn as the outreach director. The Sotos recently brought a student to a Lions Club meeting as their guest, during which the young lady made club members aware of the expenses related to prom dresses (typically $250 or more if purchased new). She told club members that many of her fellow students did not have the ability to pay these costs and might not be able to attend the prom.
Following the meeting, Lions members took charge. They helped recruit 13 community members to donate to a WSBVI Prom Dress Fund, and in total raised more than $1,300. Gifts ranged from $50 to $400, and all monies were raised in less than two weeks.
This fundraising effort allowed several WSBVI students to go prom shopping and ensured that they were able to attend an event they will remember for the rest of their lives. Thanks to Lion Jon, and all of those that made this a reality!
About Wisconsin School for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Located in Janesville, the Wisconsin School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (WSBVI) is the only school of its kind in the great state of Wisconsin. There are students with varying degrees of visual impairment enrolled full time, with other students receiving short term educational services. WSBVI offers state-standard K-12 education, as well as an early childhood program, college and career readiness program, extracurricular activities, meals, on-campus housing, and the latest in assistive technology to our students.