The Third Annual Green Dress Project

The Green Dress Project is a new phenomenon that has been taking place before high school prom season in the three years. It was originally created by Joni Kelley of Oskaloosa as a part of her Masters on Business Leadership capstone project with William Penn University, which  worked in conjunction with the Oasis Alternative High School. The project has been taken over by the William Penn Alumni Association due to the Oasis Alternative High School being cut because of funding.

The William Penn Alumni Association put together a committee for the project to get things organized and make the project continue on in WPU’s history. The members of the committee include: Amanda Hudnut, Jodi Greiner, Melissa Van Donselaar, Molly Walker, and Jason Van Wyk.

All of the items that are available for the Green Dress Project are donated new or gently used prom dresses, shoes, and jewelry. All the dresses are sold at the very low price of $10. The items that have not sold in previous years have been carried over to this year’s collection. There are currently 150-200 dresses in stock, but those numbers vary from year to year.

The first of the two-day took place this last Saturday, February 12th at the Musco Technology Center. The event was open from 9:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. The girls that took some dresses home this Saturday came from over 11 different school districts. The money collected from the sold dresses goes toward the William Penn Alumni Association to use for various events throughout the year.

Amanda Hudnut, member of The Green Dress Project Committee, adds, ” The Green Dress Project is designed for families that are unable to afford a prom dress for their daughter. We want to make sure that any girl who wishes to attend project is able to and look beautiful doing it!”

The second day of the event is taking place on Thursday, February 23rd from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Musco Technology Center.If you would like to volunteer, have a dress, shoes or jewelry to donate,or have any other questions, please contact Amanda Hudnut, William Penn Alumni Association at 515-978-1518 or at



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