Monday, July 28, 2014

Prom dress drive slated

Sparkles, sequins, lace, and tulle.
The local Professional Women’s Network is looking for gently-used prom and bridesmaid dresses of all different sizes, styles, and colours in order to host a prom dress drive this spring.

“We thought it would be a good idea to help girls that maybe can’t afford to go to prom,” noted Jennifer Horton, owner of “Curvy Chick” here.
She indicated prices for a brand new dress can be quite high, so this will give budget-conscious girls a chance to get a glamorous look for much less.
Dresses and shoes will be collected from now until March 17 at “Curvy Chick” (334 Scott St.) and “Shear Serenity” (306 Scott St.)
Then the prom dress drive will take place at “Shear Serenity” on April 12, 19, 26, and May 3.
“Everybody who donates will be put in a draw to win a $500 gift basket,” Horton said.
“We thought it might be a little more of an incentive to donate.”
She added people might have some bridesmaid dresses or prom dresses hanging in their closet that they don’t know what to do with.
“So it’s a great thing and it will also help another charity,” Horton said, noting proceeds from the dresses sold at the drive will be donated to the “I Am Awesome! (And I Know It)” self-esteem and empowerment retreat for young women
“Kind of like girls helping girls,” she reasoned.
Horton said they’re expecting to charge $50-$150 for the dresses and $5 for shoes.
“We will see what we get and use our judgement,” she said about the prices.
“They’ll be significantly less than if you were buying something full price.”
Horton also indicated she’s received positive feedback about the project so far—and even has had a few dresses already dropped off.
“There hasn’t been anything like this to my knowledge, so we thought we’d give it a try,” she remarked.
For more information, call Horton at 270-6859.

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