Efforts by the South Houston High dance team to raise money for summer camp will receive a major boost on Saturday from a face familiar to both Trojan alumni and to pop music fans.
Susan Cobb Duff, a 1971 South Houston graduate and the mother of entertainment stars Hilary and Haylie Duff, will take part in a giant garage sale this Saturday in the front parking lot of the high school.
Proceeds from the sale will help the school's Jannette dance team attend the Showmakers Dance Camp at Blinn College in Brenham, which begins on Sunday.
The sale starts at 6 a.m. and is scheduled to conclude at noon.
Duff, herself a former Jannette, has enlisted the help of friends in the business community to donate hundreds of items for the sale.
"I'm coming in to sweat with the Jannettes," Duff said. "We're going to help these girls get to camp."
"Our kids are overjoyed," said Saranya Taylor, South Houston's dance team director. "You know she has such a busy life, and for her to come all the way across the country and give up her time, it's just a real honor for us."
Duff grew up in Freeway Manor and in an apartment complex just three blocks from the school. In addition to drill, she contributed to the newspaper staff her junior and senior years.
In March, she was included in a group of inaugural inductees named to the school's Hall of Honor. She attended the ceremony, spoke to student leaders and was told of the dance team's need to raise funds for camp.
She immediately pledged her help to the garage sale effort.
Duff raised her daughters in Houston and San Antonio. While both were still young girls, the family relocated to Hollywood to allow the girls to train and audition for roles on TV and in motion pictures.
Hilary won an audition for the Disney-produced "Lizzie McGuire" show and quickly blossomed into an internationally known acting and recording star. Haylie also landed several TV and movie roles, including a spot in the surprise hit "Napoleon Dynamite."
Together, the Duff girls have starred in several movies and participated in several joint productions.
Susan Duff served as manager and a co-producer for many of the girls' early projects.