Prom dress sale to benefit local women's center
Event organized by Girl Scout troop and high school students
CHAMPAIGN — If you're shopping for a good deal on a prom dress, or just want to get rid of your castoffs and help a charity, mark your calendars.
A group of high school students and a local Girl Scout troop have organized a prom dress consignment sale on Feb. 8 to benefit the Center for Women in Transition, which helps homeless women and children.
"Say Yes to the (Prom) Dress!" is scheduled for 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at Emmanuel Memorial Episcopal Church, 102 N. State St., C. Parking will be available next to the Virginia Theatre.
Mary Evans Dickerson and Claire Dickerson, students at University Laboratory High in Urbana, organized the event and enlisted friends at other area high schools. Their younger sister, Caroline, got her Girl Scout Troop 2597 involved.
They chose the Center for Women in Transition because "they just wanted to do something to help women," said mom Elizabeth Dickerson.
The Alpha Chi Omega sorority at the University of Illinois, which supports the center through its philanthropy efforts, is also helping with the sale.
Dickerson said they could still use more donors, consigners and shoppers. Consigners can keep three-fifths of the sale price and donate the rest to the center — or donate all of the proceeds. Sales will be cash only.
Dresses can be dropped off from 3 to 5 p.m. Feb. 7 and from 9 to 11 a.m. Feb. 8 (the day of the sale). Only dresses without spots, stains or holes, and not more than three years old, will be accepted. Dresses must have sturdy hangers.
Unsold dresses can be picked up from noon to 2 p.m. Feb. 9.
Any dresses not picked up by 2 p.m. Sunday will be donated to the Perfect Prom Project at the UI, a student group that hosts an annual prom dress giveaway for area high school girls.