The annual All Dressed Up event held each year at New Life Baptist Church is gearing up once again to offer high school girls in Logan County a day of pampering and free prom dresses and accessories. The event will be held March 11, 2017. There have been a few changes this year, the event will no longer be at the church but a private home. The event is now being sponsored by the group of individuals who started the wonderful affair.
“All Dressed Up is in transition this year,” said Cori Simpson, one of the organizers. “This year we will not be doing a full event, but we will do a mini event to make the dresses we have available to local high school girls for prom. This event will be by appointment only. We will post registration forms to fill out before the date of the event on the All Dressed Up Facebook page.” If you have any questions, you can message them through Facebook.
This year the event will be at a private residence. After registrations forms are filled out a confirmation email with the address, number, and appointment time will be sent for the event.
“It may look different this year but we cannot wait to see all of you,” said Simpson. “We will still help you have fun shopping for a dress you can say yes to free of charge.”
All Dressed Up is an outreach that began in 2010 through New Life Baptist Church in Auburn. The church and many volunteers put on the event each year to minister to young girls and their families by assisting with the financial needs of attending the high school prom. Organizers of the event worked for years gathering donated prom dresses, accessories and shoes, which are available for the girls to shop for free of charge.
Logan County and Russellville high school age girls who are in need of a dress for the prom, along with the accessories to match, are all invited to this exciting annual event. There are lots of dresses to choose from. Dresses have even come as far as a Texas boutique.
“We are in need of plus sized dresses,” said Simpson. “We are asking the community for help in donating plus sized dresses for this event.”
If you have a plus sized prom dress and would be willing to donate it for this event, you can drop off the dress at either the News-Democrat & Leader, located on the Public Square in Russellville or at the Area Technology Center beside Russellville High School at 1103 W. 9th Street. Drive all the way to the back building and ask for Melissa Jones. If you want to drop off in Bowling Green you can bring them to Cornerstone, 1945 Scottsville Road, Suite 201B.
Melissa Jones, who began the event as a mission years ago, was named Hughes & Coleman’s Hometown Hero on WBKO in 2015 for her work in the All Dressed Up event. Jones had said she understood the struggle first hand and knows what it’s like when your daughter comes in and says she’s been invited to the prom. It’s exciting but also very expensive. You’ve got the expense of prom tickets, going out to eat, the dress, the right makeup, the right accessories, shoes and you’ve gotta have the right hairstyle and nails.
“As moms we want to provide that for our daughters, who doesn’t?” said Jones. “But sometimes it’s kind of hard to do, especially if you are a single mom.”
Simpson said she and others are really excited to keep this event alive and can’t wait to share the wonderful joy of finding that perfect dress, all while sharing the love of Jesus.
To contact Chris Cooper, email [email protected] or call 270-726-8394.