Queen starts prom fundraiser


 Every girl deserves to have a prom full of magic, and Chelsea Smith aims to fulfill that dream this semester. 

 Collaborating with the campus queens  at Grambling State University, Southern University, Dillard University and Xavier University, Smith has started “The Dreams Do Come True Campaign” to collect donations of gently worn gowns. Donations will be accepted until March 27 at the Favrot Student Union. Those who donate will be eligible to receive service learning hours and will help a deserving young lady in the community.

 ”The kindest and most deserving hearts are sometimes overlooked because of a lack of means,” said Smith,  Miss 2014 Black Louisiana, “many of us have no problem imagining that because we were that child. Instead of waiting for someone else, let’s be that change.”

 The Bogalusa native believes that it is important to close the gap among the HBCUs so an impact could be made within the whole State of Louisiana.

 ”I needed a way to unite various communities throughout the state,” said Smith. “I wanted to be able to reach predominantly our young Black girls; therefore, I felt that it would be perfect to start with our young black queens.”

 Ambra Brice, Miss Grambling State University, is one of the queens working alongside Smith in order to grant the wishes of those in the community. Brice said the campaign will bring joy to the girls in surrounding areas and encourages fellow Gramblinites to engage in aiding the success of the program.

 ”It’s not just about [just] the dress,” said Brice. “We’re trying to do a make over in this area . . . We contacted make up artists and hair stylists.”

 If you would like to donate a dress, heels, purses, and new makeup bring them to FSU in room 214. For more information, contact Chelsea Smith at