Organizers and supporters of the USO's Operation That's My Dress (OTMD) were in town for a fashion/entertainment experience recently. The program has been described as a premier military appreciation event for teens.
The event provides new designer dresses for Prom, Homecoming, Holidays and other formal occasions, which are presented in a “fashion show” starring Miss USA contestants and professional models.
“OTMD was launched at Fort Campbell in 2012,” Ray Kennedy said. “We did this event at seven locations around the country last year and gave away more than 4,000 prom dresses to military teenage daughters, thus affecting over 30,000 families.”
Kennedy says much is owed to OTMD's benefactor, Sherri Hill. She is known as the queen of proms and has donated more than $8 million in dresses these last five years. This program has generated 25 million social media hits.
OTMD now partners with JTV Jewelry television, and Paul Mitchell. Local sponsors have come on board too, like F & M Bank, and Visit Clarksville.
“Tomorrow, we will do our fantastic fashion show at Fort Campbell,” Kennedy said. “We have Miss USA contestants, MISS Tennessee, Miss Kentucky, Miss North Dakota, Miss South Dakota and many others walking the runway. They will be working with girls one-on-one to help them find the perfect dress and jewelry, but more importantly, we hope they will inspire them to be confident and to understand that beauty is within and without. We want these military teenage daughters to feel great about themselves.”
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