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February 2, 2012

Teens start non-profit to reach out to peers

BROWNSBURG — Kendall Daugherty and Jordan Mutnansky have teamed up to start their own non-profit organization — Drop Your Dress Foundation — to help empower teens with terminal and debilitation illnesses.

The mission of the group is to offer ill teens a prom-style party with all of the health provisions and precautions to keep them safe.

The organization is in the process of accepting donated dresses, suits, and accessories for the event which will be held at Connection Pointe Christian Church.

“So far we have 90 dresses, 16 ties, and a couple of shirts and jackets,” Daugherty said.

Daugherty has been contacting area hospitals and other support programs looking for teens to invite to the prom.

“We have a ‘to do’ list that is actually 12 feet long,” she said. “It’s getting pretty stressful trying to get our minds wrapped around all of this.”

They’re working on the project all while having family commitments and, oh yes, going to high school full time.

Daugherty, 17, and Mutnansky, 16, are still teen-agers themselves. They got the idea to start the foundation while on a church trip.

“We went on a trip to Florida to participate in Do Big Stuf,” Mutnansky said. “It’s a meeting where they encourage you to do something big.”

The two are friends who attend youth group at Connection Pointe Christian Church in Brownsburg.

Daugherty attends University High School in Carmel and Mutnansky is a student at Brownsburg High School.

“We’ve been going on this trip for three years,” Mutnansky said. “Each year we go back and work with kids below the poverty level. They inspire us to do something big when we return home.”

While on the trip in 2011, the girls seemed to have the idea for Drop Your Dress almost simultaneously.

“We looked at each other and it was like we were reading each other’s minds,” she said.

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