Prom, one of the most dreamed about nights. Months are spent in advance picking out hairstyles, nail designs, and – most importantly – the dresses. The Red Lion Area Senior High School’s drive committee hosted the first Dress Drive for girls attending prom or homecoming in the upcoming fall.
Students and staff were able to donate or take dresses for consignment on March 3-6, and March 19. The Drive committee collected over three hundred dresses in those four days, as well as on March 22 when the committee sold the dresses. Free accessories were also available for anyone who attended.
The idea for the Dress Drive came from a local parent. The Dress Drive’s goal was to provide dresses to girls that could not afford one.
The committee sponsored two salons at the drive: Darby’s Salon and Mindy Rutzebeck’s Salon. Both salons set up tables and Rutzebeck’s Salon had a hair styling station. The girls could get their hair done and see what different hairstyles they could try out for prom.
The turnout for this year’s dress drive was not as good as expected. Mrs. Dennish said, “We’re looking into doing it again next year. We’ll see how successful this one is. There are a lot of dresses here that girls could wear to homecoming as well.”
The Dress Drive sold 10 of the consigned dresses and an estimated 15-20 of the donated dresses where chosen by the students and staff. The Drive Committee gave the consigned dresses that were not purchased back to their owners along with the money from the bought dresses on Thursday April 3.
“We’re considering having another Dress Drive later in the year, closer to homecoming. I think it’ll be more successful then.” Mrs. Dennish added about future Dress Drive events.