Junior Service League opens the “Prom Dress Closet”

Checking out some of the dresses given away during the “Prom Dress Closet are, from left, Elisabeth Bellah, Lisa McMahan and Laura Kolarik

Checking out some of the dresses given away during the “Prom Dress Closet are, from left, Elisabeth Bellah, Lisa McMahan and Laura Kolarik

With prom season right around the corner, many girls are in the need of that perfect dress for the occasion. The Junior Service League of Maryville recently offered teen girls of high schools throughout Blount County the chance to find their gown at a cheaper price.

At Broadway United Methodist Church the morning of March 6, JSL members helped young women shop around for a dress. Gowns were donated from the Knoxville bridal store White Lace and Promises. Around 20 girls came by the “Prom Dress Closet” to try on dresses.

The League hopes make this an annual event.

“We’re going to do it through all the high schools,” said Elizabeth Bellah with Junior Service League.

Bellah said the idea for the event came about when White Lace and Promises contacted someone with the JSL.

“They had dresses they wanted to donate,” Bellah said. “We came up with the idea that there are lots of girls in Blount County who could use a beautiful new dress. They are all new samples. They really are beautiful dresses.”

To advertise for the event, the League sent out 100 invitations to all four high schools in Blount County. When the youth of Broadway United Methodist heard about the event, they joined together to decorate the room, designating it as the “Prom Dress Closet,” transforming the fourth floor with light-strands and bright signage.

The dresses were $10 each and all of the revenue goes to fund “Toys for Blount County,” drive the Junior Senior League holds in December.

“A lot of happy girls went home with dresses today,” Bellah said. “We went to guidance counselors and gave information to the guidance counselors at each high school. Then they in turn advertised it and made announcements through faculty meetings that any girls interested could go get information on the dresses.”

Bellah said planners wanted to reach the girls who would benefit the most and they knew the school counselors and teachers would be able to do that.

“We knew they would best understand and know the girls that would most benefit and would want to have this opportunity,” she said.

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