Hundreds of Dresses Given Away During Primp for Prom Event

March 25, 2019

Primp for Prom dresses

More than 400 dresses and nearly 100 pairs of shoes were donated this year to Primp for Prom providing formal wear to hundreds of high school students in the tri-state area. Northwestern’s Department of Social Work partners with the Woodward High School Key Club to sponsor this event annually in Woodward.

Hundreds of dresses were given away for free to students from 20 high schools during the annual Primp for Prom event recently held in the Woodward High School Practice Gym.

This year more than 400 dresses and nearly 100 pairs of shoes were donated to the Northwestern Oklahoma State University Department of Social Work and Woodward High School Key Club who co-sponsor the event.

“Primp for Prom is an event that always highlights the generosity of others and the kindness that exists in our local communities,” Dr. Kylene Rehder, Department of Social Work chair, said.

Appreciation from members of the Department of Social Work to those who helped with the event’s success goes to Woodward High School Key Club members and sponsor Beth Baker; Stefanie Alexander; Woodward High School; Woodward Leadership Advisory Board; Tom and Dr. Deena Fisher, Woodward campus dean; Drs. Steven and Angela Pharris; Northwestern social work student volunteers; Social Workers Association of Tomorrow (SWAT) campus organization; Woodward High School employee volunteers; Venture Foods of Shattuck; Dillard’s; LJ Creations;  and all the generous dress and accessory donors from across northwest Oklahoma. A very special thanks goes to the administration of Woodward Public Schools for hosting the event and to Miss Oklahoma Teen USA Abigail Billings.

“The Department of Social Work and the Key Club is always honored to sponsor this event,” Rehder said. “This event is about more than dresses for us; we see it as a means to embody our university mission to build a sense of community and an opportunity to serve others.”

For more information about this event or the department, please contact Rehder at or (580) 327-8135.


Erin Davis, University Relations Specialist; (580) 327-8480

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Phone: (580) 327-1700

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