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Making a PROMise

Published: Friday, Jan. 18, 2013 2:28 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Jan. 18, 2013 2:37 p.m. CDT
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Lara Schneider (left) and Amy Thompson (center) admire a donated prom dress at the Apollo Theater in Princeton, while 2-year-old Ulrike Schneider waits for her popcorn bucket to be filled. Ulrike's father, Jay Schneider, owner of the Apollo Theater, is offering a free bucket of popcorn from Jan. 25-31 to people bringing a donated prom dress to the theater in support of a prom dress collection sponsored by the First United Methodist Church of Princeton.

PRINCETON — The sometimes challenging search for a prom dress might have gotten a bit easier this year with a “PROMise Sale” hosted by the First United Methodist Church of Princeton.

Spokesperson Amy Thompson said the church is now accepting donations of new and gently-used prom, pageant, bridesmaid and evening dresses, plus accessories, at the church, located at 316 S. Church St. The church hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, with receipts available for tax-purposes during those hours.

In addition to the church site, Jay Schneider, owner of the Apollo Theater in Princeton, is offering a free bucket of popcorn for people who bring a prom dress during Jan. 25-31 to the theater. There will also be popcorn bucket coupons available at the church during the Jan. 25-31 time.

Thompson said there are a couple reasons for doing this prom collection this year. With the current struggling economy, this is a way to provide area teens with prom dresses and accessories at a reasonable prices. Also, all proceeds from the sale will go to two area outreaches, Living Works and the Princeton Ministerial Group.

Thompson said the Living Works suicide awareness and training program is an important outreach because so many area young people and their families have been touched in some way by suicide. The Princeton Ministerial Group is also an active group which is there to help people with needs.

Thompson said she hopes there will be a great turnout of donations for the PROMise Sale, and also a great turnout for the sale itself, which is set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 2 at Cushing Hall in the First United Methodist Church.

For more information, people can call 815-872-2821.

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