HP Students Organizing Dress Drive ‘Ruby’s Runway’

A group of Highland Park students is starting up a dress drive to raise money and awareness for William’s Syndrome and the William’s Syndrome Association. 

William’s Syndrome is a genetic condition characterized by mild to moderate delays in cognitive development or learning difficulties and can be associated with cardiovascular disease, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. 

Tatum Thomasen, Campbell Nelson, Reese Singleton, Ella Scott Singleton were inspired to do a fundraiser to benefit people with William’s Syndrome because of Ruby, a friend’s adopted daughter, who was diagnosed with the condition before her first birthday.

“We started talking several months ago about ways that we could help raise awareness and money for those with Williams syndrome, and came up with the idea to have a dress resale,” a website for the event reads. “Why not clean out your closet AND help raise money for a good cause?”

The dress sale will be from `11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 17 at Preston Road Church of Christ. For more information about the event, donating dresses, or money for it, contact reeseasingleton1@icloud.com

To find out more or donate online, visit the event website.

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Rachel Snyder

Rachel Snyder, former deputy editor at People Newspapers, joined the staff in 2019, returning to her native Dallas-Fort Worth after starting her career at community newspapers in Oklahoma. One of her stories won first place in its category in the Oklahoma Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest in 2018. She’s a fan of puns and community journalism, not necessarily in that order.

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