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May 10, 2017
By Mae Mastin, Joliet West
Joliet West held its prom, “Let the Night Bloom,” on Friday, May 5, 2017. The Joliet West High School Junior Class Committee planned and hosted the event. This article details a sale the Committee held earlier this year in preparation for prom.
The Joliet West High School Junior Class Committee held its second annual “Redress the Dress” event on Saturday, March 4.
The Committee sold around twenty dresses and profited $400, which was donated to a local charity, according to Kristen Koppers, Joliet West English teacher and Junior Class Committee sponsor. Dresses were sold at prices ranging from $5 to $50.
The Committee received over two hundred and ten donated dresses for the event.
Hannah Borgra, Junior Class Committee vice president and coordinator for the dress resale event, indicated that seeing customers find dresses they loved was the most rewarding part of the project. She expressed, “It’s a good feeling to just…know that it’s making somebody else happy by buying a beautiful dress, and making somebody else happy by donating [the money].”
Koppers agreed, stating that she was most excited about “the fact that [shoppers] got a dress that they like, and they don’t have to pay hundreds of dollars for it.”
Borgra shared that one of her favorite memories from the event was when volunteers helped a customer find a dress. She explained that the shopper seemed unsure about the dresses she had tried on, but found the perfect dress when volunteers suggested she try a different color.
“She tried on this beautiful blue dress, and you could tell on her face it was the dress…she looked stunning,” Borgra said.
Koppers gifted the unsold dresses to benefit the PROMise Sale at the First United Methodist Church of Princeton, which was held Saturday, March 11.
Amy Thompson, organizer of the PROMise Sale, explained, “The purpose for the PROMise Sale is to give young ladies a chance to purchase a dress that is $50 or less.”
Thompson stated that the proceeds from the PROMise Sale were donated to Community Partners Against Substance Abuse and First United Methodist Church Children and Youth Ministries.
She also noted, “Last year the proceeds that were given to the First United Methodist Church Children and Youth Ministries were used to fund a project where 10,152 meals were packed and shipped to a third world country.”
For more information on the dress sale, click here.
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