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19 year-old social entrepreneur brings "Threads for Teens" mobile boutique to LV 7/15
Published on Fri, Jul 11, 2014 (1:25 p.m.)FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
19 YEAR-OLD SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR BRINGS "THREADS FOR TEENS" MOBILE BOUTIQUE TO LAS VEGAS
SANTA ROSA, CALIFORNIA, July 11th 2014 -- Allyson Ahlstrom, 19, of Santa Rosa California hits Las Vegas, NV with her mobile boutique and non-profit organization, Threads for Teens® on Tuesday, July 15th. Allyson is on a summer tour of fourteen cities across the United States. “Threads for Teens® on Tour” will outfit some 1,000 underprivileged girls, each in a brand-new outfit, from a pink-clad semi truck set up as a chic mobile boutique. The mobile boutique will be open from 10am-1pm.
At each stop deserving girls will receive brand-new clothing. In addition to serving girls, the Threads for Teens® mobile boutique invites community members to visit to learn more about the organization and how girl empowerment is important to teenage girls in our culture.
In 2010, at the age of 14 Allyson decided that she would try to make a difference by making new, fashionable clothing available to girls in foster care or other situations of poverty. Her project has inspired more than $100,000 in monetary contributions and over $150,000 in clothing donations that include more than 40 national brands, such as Claire’s, Pastry Shoes, and Wildfox Couture. Furthermore, through a partnership with The Hunt (thehunt.com) anyone can help to raise up to $15,000 for Threads for Teens by solving hunts on their website, for free!
Allyson has just completed her freshman year at the University of Pennsylvania. Her full-service clothing boutique in Santa Rosa, CA (90 minutes north of San Francisco) has allowed over 600 girls in need to each pick out two brand-new outfits for free over the past four years and the Threads for Teens Summer Tour 2013 gave clothing to 1000 additional girls. Her Threads for Teens® nonprofit also has also provided 130 girls with backpacks filled with school supplies, and has given out over 100 prom dresses.
In May 2013 at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., actor Kevin Spacey and Olympic gold medalist Allyson Felix lauded Allyson Ahlstrom as one of the 10 top teen volunteers in America. She has also been honored with a 2012 HALO award from Nickelodeon and a 2011 Jefferson Award for Public Service. “I want to make Threads for Teens® available to as many girls as possible. That’s one of the reasons for the road trip,” says Allyson. “More than that, I’m hoping to inspire others to volunteer and contribute in their own way. Anyone can make a difference!”
The tour will kick off July 14th in Los Angeles, CA and will conclude on July 30th in Boston, MA.
More information about Threads for Teens® On Tour and Threads for Teens® can be found atwww.threadsforteens.org.
About Threads for Teens®: Threads for Teens® (www.threadsforteens.org) is a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization that gives underprivileged teen girls the opportunity to receive free, brand-new, quality clothing. Besides filling a tangible need, Threads for Teens® gives young girls hope, boosts their self-esteem, and instills confidence.
Photos of Allyson & Threads for Teens: http://bit.ly/1lOIypN
Videos of Allyson & Threads for Teens: http://www.threadsforteens.org/videos/
THREADS FOR TEENS® ON TOUR, LAS VEGAS, NV
DATE: Tuesday, July 15, 2014
LOCATION: SAFY – 4285 N. Rancho Drive, #130, Las Vegas, NV
VISITING HOURS: 10am-1pm