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Many thanks for success of dress sale

We would like to extend our deepest appreciation to all those who helped to make our sixth annual “Second Look” homecoming and prom dress sale the success it was.  

First and foremost, thanks to Immanuel Lutheran Church for providing a wonderful setting for the girls to view and try on dresses, and to the wonderful people who donated all the dresses to bring our dream to fruition.

We had close to 50 girls from 11 different schools walk out the door with gorgeous gowns for their prom or homecoming, and we gave away more than 60 dresses.

We know that would not have happened without the cooperation of our local paper and Midland States Bank for helping us with advertising.

A plethora of thanks to our local businesses, Basil Tree, The Spa, and Inferno Hair Salon, that donated raffle items which certainly increased our revenue.

Area school counselors also need to be recognized for their assistance in “spreading the word” to their students. Our gratitude to Immanuel church members, Peggy Ulferts, Mary Sekse, Sue Gingres, Greg Currens, and Nikki Keene, who worked endless hours to organize and prepare for the day, and found time to transform the basement into a stunning boutique.

We also would like to thank Judy Smallwood and Kim Gentry, who donated their time helping with the sale.

The girls also enjoyed music provided by Sara Apple.

When we needed some muscle, Shippert’s Moving and Storage came through for us at the last minute; thanks, guys. We were blessed with great volunteers who helped us raise about $900 in sales, which was distributed to area schools’ activity departments. 

Since our inauguration, “Second Look” has sold more than 400 dresses and has given more than $7,000 back to the schools the girls attended. We are all very proud of that.

Note to readers – Barb Keith and Barbara Hermes co-chaired the event.

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