Prom dress resale event set for Saturday in Lemont
BY ERIN GALLAGHER Correspondent February 25, 2014 5:30PM
The Hope & Friendship Foundation hosts its annual prom dress resale event Saturday in Lemont. | Supplied photo
Updated: February 26, 2014 2:12AM
All a girl needs now is a handsome prince, and this will be a modern Cinderella story.
That’s because teens who may not be able to afford expensive prom dresses or other dress clothes now have another option. The public is invited to the Hope & Friendship Foundation’s seventh annual prom dress resale event. Formal gowns will be sold for only $20 each from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Community Christian Church, 102 Stephen St., Lemont.
Casual dresses will be $10 each. Girls will find attire for spring dances, communion events, graduation and Easter, said Terri O’Neill-Borders, founder of the nonprofit Hope & Friendship Foundation.
“The mission of Hope & Friendship is to be a conduit between those that have and those that need,” she said. “If you can see these girls when they try it on, it’s just like Cinderella, so they just glow.”
The biggest challenge is getting women to part with their dresses that they likely only wore once, O’Neill-Borders said.
Donations are being accepted at the Lemont Township office, 1115 Warner Ave., through Friday. Donations are tax-deductible, and donors will be given a tax donation receipt.
Many dresses that will be available have never been worn and come with tags still attached.
In its seventh year, the event, called Give That Dress Another Night Out, typically offers about 200 dresses in all sizes.
Vouchers for teens to choose a dress for free are given at area food pantries and by high school counselors. But the event is not just for people from low-income households, O’Neill-Borders said. In some cases, parents want to teach their teens the value of money as prom expenses continue to climb, she said.
“It’s just so much pressure on the teens about this day,” she said.
To help, professionals will be on hand to also help with hair and makeup tips. Also, the boutique across the street, Aurora Rose, at 111 Stephen St., will offer discounted jewelry and other specials Saturday, so that matching accessories can be bought at reduced prices.
“Hopefully we will have everything set up so they can just walk in that day and walk out with everything they need to feel good about themselves,” O’Neill-Borders said.
The event is one of several the foundation hosts each year. In the fall, for instance, kitchen items and coats are collected.
For more information, visit www.hopeandfriendshipfoundation.com.