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Helping with a PROMise

Apollo Theater teams up for fundraiser

PRINCETON — Looking to clear out the closet and get rid of that prom dress you don’t fit into anymore or will most likely never wear again? If so ...

Amy Thompson, coordinator of last year’s PROMise dress event, is gearing up for another sale this year and is collecting any and all gently-used prom dresses.

The PROMise dress sale, which will be March 1 at the First United Methodist Church, offers ladies the opportunity to purchase new and pre-worn dresses for $50 or less.

“We had an overwhelming response last year, and I think the economy hasn’t really changed much. And it just feels really, really good to provide this service to people,” Thompson said.

For those who are looking to find a dress that won’t cost “an arm and a leg,” this sale is for them. And while the name hints at prom dresses, the sale includes a variety of dresses for any kind of event — homecoming, bridesmaids attire, graduation party, formals for cruises or just the everyday dress-up play.

Thompson is hoping to collect a variety of 500 or more dresses.

She has teamed up again with Jay and Lara Schneider of Apollo Theater in Princeton. From Jan. 31 to Feb. 6, those who donate a prom dress, can get a free bucket of popcorn at the theater.

“Jay is very community-oriented, and this was another opportunity for him to do something for the community,” Lara said.

Lara was a helper at the dress sale last year and plans to be there again this year. In one word, she described the sale to be “awesome.”

“I would have loved to have this sale when I was in high school,” she said.

Getting to see the girls try on dresses and model them for family and friends and know they would be able to go home with an affordable dress, was what is was all about, Lara said.

Thompson said this year she was able to send out letters to several prom dress stores around the state, and so far, she has received seven new prom dresses from a store in Urbana, which she is excited to put on the rack to sell.

Aside from dresses, the sale will also includes jewelry, garters, purses and shoes.

“Hopefully this year is another success, and I can expand from there,” Thompson said.

Last year, around $1,300 was donated after the sale to Living Works Suicide Walk and First United Methodist Youth Ministry of Princeton.

“I would love to give that much or more this year. Both organizations are good — equally a good cause,” Thompson said. “They both affect the youth, and that was our goal — to find organizations that would benefit high-schoolers.”

A last reminder for those looking to donate their dress is the donation is tax deducible.

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