PROMise to be kept on March 1

Annual dress sale to benefit area youth

PRINCETON — Crunch time for the second annual PROMise dress sale is on.

Event coordinator Amy Thompson has been busy sorting, organizing and pricing more than 300 dresses, which will all be on sale on March 1 at the First United Methodist Church in Princeton.

The dress sale will offer ladies the opportunity to purchase new or pre-worn dresses for $50 or less.

Thompson is inspired to host this sale as a way to give women a break when it comes to dress shopping. Her thought was with the economy not in a good place, why not offer ladies the chance to shop without worrying about spending “an arm and a leg.

“I’ve never been a part of something so positive,” she said. “I’ve never in a million years expected the sale to be this exciting. I do believe it will be just as exciting this year, if not more.”

Shoppers who attended the sale last year can expect about the same routine this year. The sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Liana Hall of Designs by Liana Rae will be on site to help with any needed alterations.

There will also be shoes, purses, gloves, garters and jewelry for sale. Dresses will run from all sizes; plus sizes are included. There will be dresses for all kinds of events including prom, bridal, flower girl, mother-of-the-bride or groom, little black dress, homecoming, graduation, beauty pageants and more.

“Prom was my focus in the beginning, but it has expanded to so much more than that. It’s a different kind of promise now,” Thompson said. “I’m hoping people just come and shop and find something they like.”

All proceeds from the sale will be split and donated to the Living Works Suicide Prevention program and First United Methodist Youth. Last year, Thompson was able to donate $1,300 from the sale.

“I want the money to go to organizations that affect the youth because it’s about ‘promise’ for the youth,” she explained. “Being the parent of a 13 year old, I’m finding the importance of focusing on them because they are our future.”

Thompson feels there are many things out there that can harm the youth these days, and it’s a scary feeling for her.

“We need positive organizations to show different options for our kids. I know Living Works is suicide prevention, but the ‘living’ part of it is the important thing,” she said.

For those looking to still donate dresses, Thompson will be accepting donations up until next Friday, before the sale. Drop off donations at the First United Methodist Church.

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