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Operation: That’s my Dress
Published by Bobbi Jo Pova on October 29, 2015

Operation That's My DressThis event will focus on self- esteem building and empowerment for military teenage daughters. The USO of North Carolina also aims to increase awareness and support for the programs and services it provides to connect Troops with their families.



About the Program:
Operation: That’s My Dress is a premier military family appreciation program that was created by the USO of Metropolitan New York in 2011. The program honors military teen daughters for their sacrifices as part of a military family.
The USO of North Carolina realizes the unique challenges military children experience related to military life and culture. Due to frequent moves, many military children experience disrupted relationships with friends, and must adapt to new schools and cultivate new community resources. Operation: That’s My Dress is just one of the many ways the USO of NC makes Every Moment Count for our troops and families.
Through Operation: That’s My Dress, the USO provides thousands of new gowns/dresses to teenage girls, female service members and spouses from international fashion designer, SHERRI HILL, among other notable designers in the fashion world just in time for the homecoming and prom seasons, military balls and the holidays.
To date, more than 6,000 service members, spouses and children have participated in this event and more than 2,000 teen military daughters have received dresses just in time for holiday, prom, and homecoming events.

Event plan:
The event will begin with a private Fashion Show, featuring professional models, Miss NC USA title holders, Miss Wisconsin 2016, Miss New Jersey 2016, Miss Tennessee 2014, Miss South Carolina USA 2015 and the USO Show Troupe from New York City. The event also typically features a Beauty Bar with jewelry and fashion accessories for participants to get a complete look from head to toe! A Dress Expo, filled with hundreds of dress options, opens after the Fashion Show and includes hair and makeup demonstrations, consultations with beauty pageant contestants and celebrity stylists.

Good self-esteem is important for young people because it helps keep a positive outlook on life, makes them feel proud of who they are, both inside and out. Most teens with good self-esteem find life much more enjoyable and are less likely to engage in self destructive behaviors. They tend to have better relationships with peers and adults, perform better at school, find it easier to deal with mistakes or disappointments, and are more likely to stick with a task until they succeed.

Time and Location:
Event will be held at the Fort Bragg Conference and Catering Center
November 15, 2015 between 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Activities Planned:
During this event, up to 400 military teen daughters of Active Duty Service Members and Reservists stationed in North Carolina between the ages of 13 and 19 will be honored.
The half day event will include the following:
*Fashion Show featuring professional models and Miss NC USA 2015 and 2016 title holders, Miss Wisconsin 2016, Miss New Jersey 2016, Miss Tennessee 2014, and Miss South Carolina USA 2015
*Entertainment by the USO Show Troupe from New York City
*Prom Expo with Miss North Carolina 2016 Allie Dunn
*Hair and Makeup demonstrations
*Consultations with beauty pageant contestants and celebrity stylist
*Dress Expo with Dress, Gown and Accessory giveaways
*Food, Music and Entertainment
Event coordinators:
Renee Lane- USO of North Carolina Fort Bragg/Fayetteville Center Director
Brenda Jackson- USO of North Carolina Fort Bragg/Fayetteville Assistant Director


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