PRINCETON — Each year the teens around the area look forward to attending their prom and, of course, finding that special dress.
Proms can be expensive and for many families in today’s financially challenging times can mean disappointment. In an effort to help families deal with the high cost of prom and other fancy occasions, Amy Thompson, a member of the First United Methodist Church of Princeton had an idea. She asked the Church’s Council on Ministries, “What if we ask for prom dress donations and sell them at affordable prices so that anyone who needs a prom dress could buy one? The proceeds from the sale could benefit local benevolences who are involved in helping people.” From that inspired thought the “PROMise Sale” was born.
From June 2012 to March 2013 people donated their gently worn special occasion dresses resulting in 566 donated dresses by the day of the sale. Shoes, dresses, handbags, and even wedding and bridesmaids dresses were on display the morning of March 2.
“Young ladies, their moms and boyfriends, lined up before 9 a.m. to insure getting in on the deals,” Thompson said “Girls had smiles from ear to ear as they purchased their dream dress. It was so much fun to watch and be a part of the excitement!”
Living Works Suicide Walk and the Princeton Ministerial Association each received a check for $657.40 as Thompson fulfilled her promise to use the proceeds to help the Princeton community.
“We are so very grateful to the following businesses for their incredible support and generosity of coupons: Bead Buzz, Apollo Theater, Guys n’ Gals, Jillian’s, Habanero’s, Marien Mae, Designs by Liana Rae, Skin Dimensions and Le Soleil Tanning,” Thompson said. “Also, gift certificates were offered as door prizes by Prime Quarter restaurant, Mark Allen’s restaurant and Skin Dimensions. The Closet helped the PROMise sale through the use of their clothing racks and Graphic Images of Princeton donated event T-shirts and banners. In addition to Liana Hall donating coupons for alterations she also donated her expertise for the day to assist the young ladies with fashion and alteration advice. The United Methodist Women of the First United Methodist Church of Princeton provided morning and afternoon refreshments.”
The PROMise sale has already been scheduled for next year and it is promised that next year will be bigger and better.
Thompson shared this story: “A young lady came in with her family. You could tell that they were struggling financially. The young lady was able to buy a dress, shoes and all of her accessories for $13. Her face said all! She was so excited and beautiful. That is why the PROMise Sale is so important, to give the dream of going to Prom a chance to someone who otherwise might not have the opportunity.”
“So, before you stuff that dress back in the closet never be worn again, donate it for the “2014 PROMise Sale”! You never know, your dress may be the ‘one’ to make the difference in someone’s life!”