A unique fundraiser that will touch the lives of many people took place last Saturday in Cedaredge and also provided a fun spring shopping experience.
It was called the "Every Girl Deserves a Beautiful Gown" and it was held at the AppleShed.
The benefit was the inspiration of Carlotta Gibson, owner of the 2nd Edition consignment store in Delta.
Hundreds of dresses and gowns including evening formal wear, sequined ball gowns, prom dresses, cocktail dresses and wedding dresses, along with various accessories in the AppleShed's inventory were made available for the price of a donation to local causes. Donation for dress selections was $40.
Young women shopping for the perfect prom dress had racks and racks to choose from. The inventory of formal wear has been collected over some years by AppleShed owner Connie Williams who, Gibson explained, is now moving the excess inventory because the space it takes is needed for new business ventures.
Members of high school ASTRA clubs were present to help stage the event. ASTRA is a youth outreach of Altrusa International.
Friends of Gibson's, Mariah Emond and Jolynn Green, also helped by serving as consultants on choice, fit and style.
Midway through the seven-hour shopping spree more than $1,500 had been raised. Money raised went to three local causes: The Multiple Sclerosis Society, the ARC of West Central Colorado, and the ASTRA clubs.
The ARC is an organization that aids people with various disabilities and which, its representatives said, will be opening an office in Cedaredge soon.
The Multiple Sclerosis Society is a charitable cause supported by Gibson. She has been one of the group's top local fundraisers in recent years.
The annual Walk MS fundraiser will be April 30 in Grand Junction. For more information call 970-263-4393.