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Women in the Junior League of High Point wore their black dresses not to make a fashion statement, but to make a statement about poverty in the Piedmont through “A Little Black Dress Initiative.”

By wearing the same dress several days in a row, members help bring awareness to the women in poverty who lack the professional attire necessary to pursue and/or retain a job.

“Last year was the first year that the Junior League of High Point did it. I wore the same dress every day for five days, did not wash it because not everyone has the luxury of having a washer machine and dryer, so it was very humbling,” Junior League of High Point President Emily Thiel said.

The Junior League of High Point agreed that the initiative would make a good project for the provisional group this year.

The provisional group not only wore the same dress for a week, along with buttons that read “Ask Me About My Dress,” participants wanted to take the cause a step further.

“We want to make sure that we highlight the stories of real people here in our community,
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” provisional member Taylor Travers said.

The provisional group has added a fundraising event that will take place on March 8 that will help support The Career Closet at the YWCA High Point.

Women can go to the center to get professional clothes for work or job interviews.

“They may not have owned a dress or a suit since they were a child, and so to see individuals come in, be able to put on clothing, it lifts their spirits, it lifts their confidence,” YWCA High Point Executive Director Heidi Majors said.

“Some of the proceeds will go back directly to the career closet with the YWCA, so we can help fund maybe certain items that they’re missing, if it’s more petite sizes or for the curvy women,
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” provisional member Grace Lackey said.

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GREENWOOD, Ind (Sept. 16, 2015) One week after burglars stole virtually everything in his jewelry store, Michael Dyson stood in the middle of his business, surrounded by empty display cases.

“It makes me feel angry at this point,” Dyson said. “I mean I’m really angry.”

Last Wednesday, Dyson had closed his store for the night when at least four burglars started cutting the steel roof on top of the building which houses Alternative Creations Jewelry Store. The store is part of the shopping strip, attached to Kroger on State Road 135, just south of Fairview Road in Greenwood.

After cutting a large hole in the roof, surveillance video shows two individuals climbing down into a back room of the store.

“Kind of like Batman,” said Greenwood Police Department Spokesperson Kortney Burrello. “These guys knew what they were doing.”

Once inside, the suspects cut a wire connected to the central panel of a Circle City Alarm security system. Then, they cut an alarm line on a back door, removed the security bar on the door and left.

“They waited a couple hours,” Burrello said. “Waited for the police to show up,
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seeing if they got caught by the alarm or not. It did not trigger the alarm.”

With no alarm and no police response, four suspects came back into the store and took virtually everything in the store’s inventory. Some of that includes custom, fabricated jewelry for sale. Some of it includes jewelry left by customers for repairs.

“That’s what hurts me most,” Dyson said. “Having to tell my customers that their jewelry, which they left here with me, is gone.”

Dyson estimates the total loss somewhere between $200,000 and $300,000, but he’s still waiting for answers from his insurance company.

He’s also waiting for an explanation from the alarm company. He says he was assured that if the wireless signal sent out by the system was disrupted, it would trigger an alarm, but it didn’t.

While the suspects were in the store, they cut wires to the security cameras inside. They were captured on video before they cut the lines, and they apparently forgot to take the DVR that records and stones that video. Images from the video show four individuals wearing masks or head coverings.

“It takes somebody that has no spine and is real yellow to to come down through the roof and do it at night and take something that I’ve worked, and my wife have worked 20 years for,” Dyson said.

Greenwood Police are going through the video and hope to release it to the public soon. They’re also hoping video from the Kroger store will show the suspects on the roof of the building before they broke in.

They will also explore possible connections to another jewelry store burglary from 2013,
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when burglars come through the roof of McGee’s Jewelers across from Greenwood Park Mall.