Unique event brings beautiful prom gowns to the AppleShed
By Hank Lohmeyer
Published Thursday, March 3, 2016 9:23 am
Photo by Hank Lohmeyer The main Heritage Room at the AppleShed will host a unique and fun benefit fundraiser "Every Girl Deserves a Beautiful Gown" on March 19.
The AppleShed and 2nd Edition consignment shop of Delta are teaming up on a special promotion to benefit local people.
The "Every Girl Deserves a Beautiful Gown" fundraiser will be making a large selection of prom-quality formal wear available to high school girls just as thoughts of the big springtime night out begin turning toward fashion.
Carlotta Gibson, owner of 2nd Edition, told the DCI that the idea for the event began with a call from AppleShed owner Connie Williams who wanted to find a market for the large number of formal-type gowns in her inventory. It gave Carlotta the idea of using the surplus merchandise as focus of a fundraiser for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society's Colorado and Wyoming chapter, and for ASTRA and the ARC.
"The idea just sort of evolved after that," Gibson said.
She told the DCI, "Every year I try and do a fundraiser for multiple sclerosis. I know personally 20 people in Delta County who have MS. I also have MS myself and everybody knows that I have, so of course, the cause of MS is very close to my heart. It's not going away on its own, and so we have to do something about it."
There will be lots of gowns suitable for evening formal wear and for impressing prom dates (listen up now, guys).
Gibson said that Williams has over 1,000 gowns in inventory that she wants to make available at the event. They are being made available for a minimum donation of $40.
The dresses include gowns that would be perfectly appropriate for school prom night. There are also garments that Gibson said she would characterize as "cocktail dresses." There are also dresses that would be appropriate for mothers-of-the-bride or groom.
Proceeds from the event will go to the Multiple Sclerosis Society; to ASTRA, a high school outreach of Altrusa International; and to ARC of West Central Colorado, an organization that aids local people with various disabilities.
Helping out at the event will be members of the high school ASTRA Club. Gibson said that representatives of the MS Society and of the ARC will be on hand to provide information on their work.
Réve Photography of Cedaredge is also participating.
Saturday, March 19, will be the big day when ladies can stop at the AppleShed starting at 10 a.m. to pick up their chosen gowns or to select the one they want. The event ends at 5 p.m.
Gibson said she is spreading the word through advertising, posters on community bulletin boards, and with fliers at local schools from Olathe to Paonia.
Pam Smith of the AppleShed said that she agrees this event is one more in the AppleShed's long history of staging unique and cool events in support of the community and of the local economy.
The number for the AppleShed is 856-7007.
For information, Carlotta Gibson can be reached during business hours at 2nd Edition in Delta, 874-4286.