Re-purpose your frock for a good cause

Hardly-used prom dresses like to have fun too

MANITOULIN—A new campaign has been launched on Manitoulin, ‘Beauty and the Beats,’ collecting new and/or gently used formal dresses and accessories for Manitoulin Secondary School (MSS) students wishing to attend this year’s prom.

“We were inspired by the ‘All Dress Up’ program in Sudbury and wanted to do something locally to benefit MSS students,” explained co-organizer Kristin Bickell. “It’s extremely expensive to buy a dress and all the accessories for prom so we wanted to ensure that every girl has an equal opportunity to look and feel their best. For people donating, it is also a great way repurpose a formal dress that they probably won’t wear again.”

Beauty and the Beats is collecting not only formal dresses, but also shoes, purses, jewellery and other prom accessories.

“Breakaway Sports in Little Current has generously offered their space as a drop off location for items, with large racks for the dresses and totes for the accessories,” continued Ms. Bickell. “We need all the donations we can get. We are taking all sizes and styles—short or long bridesmaid dresses, formal dresses or prom dresses.”

Ms. Bickell is being assisted by Annette Cada and MSS teacher Dawn Noble-McCann.

“Ms. Noble-McCann is the fashion teacher at MSS and will be hosting a lunch hour and after school time (a date at the end of May is still to be determined) on a day when the buses run late and students can come to her classroom and ‘shop’ for a dress and accessories,” explained Ms. Bickell. “There will be no cost to the students and it will be open to all MSS girls.”

Drop-offs can be made at Breakaway Sports (9 Water Street East) in Little Current throughout April and the first half of May, with pick-ups and alternative arrangements also available upon request.

Any monetary donations will go towards the purchase of more dresses and accessories or any cleaning and other associated costs that may arise.

If any dresses or accessories are not used this year, they will be used if the program runs again next year or donated to a similar campaign.

For more information please call Kristin at 705-348-1402 or Annette at 705-283-1329.