Gown Town Returns for Kennedy Students


Lizzie Hawkes

Kennedy upperclassmen pose with their prom attire.

On Sunday, Feb. 26, local radio station KZIA Z102.9 will host “Gown Town” from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Teenagers in the community can come to the Kirkwood Linn County Regional Center in Hiawatha to collect a free prom outfit.

Gown Town has partnered with local businesses to collect donations. Dresses are accepted at Citywide Cleaners, Herteen & Stocker Jewelers and the Kirkwood Linn County Regional Center. 

KZIA ran two drive-up donation opportunities, one at Farmers State bank and the other at Citywide cleaners where donors could drop off a dress.

According to Farmers State Bank Vice President of Marketing Cassandra Kotek, the bank is thrilled to take part in the charity.

“Farmers State Bank is honored to host a Gown Town drop-off location,” Kotek said. “FSB strives to give back to the community every day, and this is a great way to do so.” 

KZIA Morning Show Host Clare Duffy said Gown Town is a great example of what radio can do. 

“We always want to do what we can to make the biggest impact; to reach anyone we can help and make prom night a possibility for everyone,” Duffy said.