One of Forbes' Best-Dressed Athletes, Cincinnati Bengals' Dhani Jones, Supports Kenzie's CLOSET
03/22/2011

One of Forbes Magazines Best-Dressed Athletes (December 7, 2010 list), NFL Player and Cincinnati Bengals Linebacker Dhani Jones, has introduced one of his newest ‘Bow Ties-for-a-Cause’ to support the Cincinnati, Ohio based Non-profit Organization, Kenzie’s CLOSET®.

Online PR News – 22-March-2011 – – Unique Non-Profit, Kenzie’s CLOSET®, Dresses Financially-Disadvantaged Local High School Juniors and Seniors for their Prom.

(Cincinnati, Ohio) Kenzie’s CLOSET® has announced that proceeds from one of the newest bow ties in the NFL player and Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Dhani Jones’ collection of specially-designed bow ties for Jones’ ‘Bow Ties-for-a-Cause’ organization will benefit Kenzie’s CLOSET®.

The bow tie and a sterling silver bowtie-themed companion necklace were introduced recently at a special “Girls’ Night Out” event at Hyde Park Country Club in Cincinnati, Ohio. Proceeds from the new bow tie and necklace will immediately offset expenses for Kenzie’s CLOSET®. Both items are available through the Kenzie’s CLOSET® website and are priced at $57.00 matching Dhani Jones’ Cincinnati Bengals jersey number.

Kenzie’s CLOSET® is the unique Cincinnati, Ohio area non-profit organization that for the last six years has provided complete prom outfits for close to 600 local financially-disadvantaged high school junior and senior girls who have been referred to the organization by their teachers, principals and social service agencies.

Dhani Jones remarked at the new bow tie launch that he hopes “the bow tie helps bring awareness to the mission and goals of the Kenzie’s CLOSET® organization. It is so important.”

Brynne Coletti, founder and executive director of Kenzie’s CLOSET has set a goal for meeting the needs of 600 girls during the 2011 prom season. She remarked, “I am so energized by the continued support of the local public, school and business communities for the Kenzie’s CLOSET® mission.”

She continued, “The campaign for the new Dhani Jones-created bow tie and the companion necklace help energize our efforts and our volunteers.”

”We are only limited by our funds, our prom dress and accessories donations, and our number of volunteers. The requests to help students has grown every year, and we are turning over every leaf to ensure that no student referred to us this year is disappointed.”

Coletti clarified that the girls who are served during the spring season at Kenzie’s CLOSET® come from the area’s inner-city, suburban and rural schools and most have family household incomes of less than $22,000.

“There is just no way to describe the transformation of the girls’ self-image and excitement from the moment they walk into the doors and the time that they leave with their complete ‘Cinderella-type’ outfit,” said Coletti. “Some of the girls who have been served by Kenzie’s CLOSET® have returned to help as volunteers, and that has been especially rewarding.”

Each referred student is served by a personal assistant during their visit to the Kenzie’s CLOSET boutique to help make their selection of prom dress, shoes, purse, jewelry, and wrap. Appearance Plus Cleaners has donated dry cleaning services for many years to clean and press the new and gently-worn prom, bridesmaid, and cocktail dresses donated to Kenzie’s CLOSET®.

More than a third of the students who are outfitted at Kenzie’s CLOSET® need prom dresses that are in sizes 14 and up. Coletti explained that since the organization rarely receives donated dresses in those larger sizes, financial donations help make the dreams possible for students who need larger sizes.

Kenzie’s CLOSET® was named after Makena ‘Kenzie’ Anne Comisar, who was tragically killed in a single-car accident in 2002 before she was able to attend her senior prom. Kenzie was a student at St. Ursula Academy in Cincinnati, and was known for her big heart and generosity.

For information on how to volunteer; donate dresses and accessories, or financial support to Kenzie’s CLOSET®; or to purchase a bow tie or necklace to benefit the organization, please visit www.kenziescloset.org or call 513.533-PROM (513.533.7736).

For more information, contact: Joanne Lincoln Maly at Lincoln Maly Marketing, representing Kenzie’s CLOSET®. kenziesclosetmedia@gmail.com 513.321.4007

About Kenzie’s CLOSET®: Kenzie’s CLOSET® is a non-profit Cincinnati, Ohio area organization that makes high school prom dresses and related accessories available to students who can’t afford them so that no young woman in Cincinnati will have to miss her prom because of family financial limitations. The Kenzie’s CLOSET boutique in O’Bryonville houses the variety of dresses, shoes, shawls, purses and jewelry that the group has collected to give away. Students are treated like a princess for the day … attended by volunteers who help them make their selections at no cost. Kenzie’s CLOSET® expects to dress more than 600 girls for the 2011 prom season. For more information, visit www.kenziescloset.org or call 513.533-PROM. (513.533.7766)

About Lincoln Maly Marketing: Lincoln Maly Marketing is a Cincinnati, Ohio-based marketing, pr, and communications firm specializing in strategic marketing; laser-focused corporate communications; dynamic social media; comprehensive PR and media relations; and insightful project management. The boutique firm is led by key strategist, Joanne Maly.