New Sumner County group seeks to help teenage girls shop for affordable prom dresses

first_imgby Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow — What started as a question on Facebook’s Sumner County Buy/Sell/Trade page about a venue for girls to purchase affordable Prom dresses, turned into a group with a mission to help teenage girls shop for Prom dresses safely, with an affordable price.“There were a lot of people joining in the conversation,” said Wes Smith, who helped organize the event. “It seemed there was enough interest, so I created a Facebook page for it to get rolling.”Seeing the post, numerous individuals became interested in helping.“Dena Martens, who owns Wheatland Services, volunteered printing,” Smith said. “Michelle Crittenden volunteered her dance studio as our place to do this.”Smith said that the group of volunteers wanted a safe way for girls to sell and purchase prom dresses.“Our idea is to help Sumner County schools with their Proms, Project Proms and After Proms,” Smith said.Prom dresses can be donated or individuals can sell on consignment. Those wishing to sell on consignment must agree to certain terms, such as a 10 percent sellers fee, which will be donated to the individual’s school for their Prom.“The way this is done, is if you provide a dress for sale and you want $100 for it, 10 percent of the sale goes to the seller’s school for Prom,” Smith said. “So, you get $90 and your school gets $10.”A VIP shopping event will be held Friday, Mar. 4 at Michelle’s Encore Dance Studio, for those who purchase tickets.“We understand that many ladies want to go to the first day to get choice, so we are selling tickets at $10 each for the ladies to come that day,” Smith said. “The $10 goes to the ticket buyer’s local school for Prom.”Those who don’t purchase tickets will still get a chance to purchase a dress. Open shop/sale day will be held Mar. 5 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and the last chance to shop sale will be Mar. 6 from 1-5 p.m.The group is opening this event to all of Sumner County, hoping that other schools like Argonia, South Haven, Oxford, Conway Springs, Belle Plaine and Caldwell, etc., would like to participate.“We hope this can turn into an annual event,” Smith said.For more information, log onto their Facebook page here.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (15) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +6 Vote up Vote down Lynn · 234 weeks ago Awesome idea! I have a couple dresses to donate. Is there a phone number to call so I can get those to the right person? Report Reply 1 reply · active 234 weeks ago -4 Vote up Vote down Troy Rebold · 234 weeks ago von Maur had prom dresses that were spectacular for $125. I am just hoping this project isn’t a snoot for the better thans in Wellington. just saying. Report Reply 3 replies · active 233 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down Local · 234 weeks ago Great idea! Thanks to all who are organizing and helping. Report Reply 0 replies · active 234 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down THERESA snider · 234 weeks ago Paula Mortimer has been donating dress and shoes ect for years. She does this at no charge to girls so ALL girls can go to prom. Report Reply 3 replies · active 233 weeks ago +10 Vote up Vote down Wes Smith · 234 weeks ago I’ve got to say that I’m the only guy involved in this but I like to think that I’m representing the Dads and their wallets. My main reason for being involved in this goes back to when my daughter was prom dress shopping her senior year. While I’m at work I get the excited phone call from my daughter that she has found “THE DRESS”. Me being a dad, the first question is “How much is it?” Do keep in mind that my coworkers are listening to this conversation. My daughter tells me the dress is $400…my response was polite and endearing, “I’m not paying $400 for a prom dress you’re going to wear once.” Now, I’m not a complete OGRE on the prom dress situation. I did counter her that I’d chip in $200 and she could use her money to pay the rest. My daughter did have a part time job and is very mindful of her money. During this conversation my coworkers are belittling me that I’m an awful father for not forking out the $400. In the end my daughter didn’t take me up on the offer and we found an excellent dress at a later date for $150. To this date my coworkers still bring up the $400 dress conversation and we laugh about it. So, dad’s with daughters that are prom dress shopping stay strong, I’m doing what I can to represent you at this event. Report Reply 3 replies · active 233 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. 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EXCLUSIVE – Wilshere tells England supporters to ‘concentrate on the football’

first_imgJack Wilshere has sent a message to England fans to ‘just concentrate on the football’ after violent scenes tarnished the start of the Three Lions’ Euro 2016 campaign.Supporters were involved up in a number of incidents in the build-up and aftermath of England’s 1-1 draw with against Russia on Saturday evening.Marseille seemed a hotspot for rioting as, for three days straight, fans clashed on the streets, with police using tear gas and water cannons to disperse brawling crowds.England fans appeared to be individually targeted inside and outside the Stade Velodrome following the full-time whistle on Saturday, and talkSPORT’s Stan Collymore captured this shocking footage as chaos descended.UEFA’s executive committee then sent a warning to the two nations on Sunday that they could face disqualification from the tournament if problems persist.But Wilshere has praised the attitude of the majority of England fans in France, and has urged supporters to stay away from the incidents and focus on football.“What I saw of the fans in the stadium, they were brilliant,” the midfielder said in an interview with talkSPORT’s Adrian Durham.“They helped us even in the warm-up and we really felt their support during the game. So if there’s anything I can say, it’s just to just concentrate on that side of things.“I don’t know the full story, so I couldn’t stand here and start blaming people. We just want to concentrate on the football and want the fans to get behind the team.“They’ve been brilliant, they always have been. Even when we went to Brazil, they were there.“We just want to tell them to concentrate on the football side of things, really.”ALSO READ: Trouble in Marseille – ‘It’s easy to blame the English but the problem is much bigger than that’, says Adrian DurhamWhile Saturday’s draw was a disappointing result, England’s positive performance will give the team hope ahead of Thursday’s must-win game against Home Nations rivals Wales.But after squandering a number of chances to put the result out of doubt against Russia, Wilshere insisted the Three Lions must start being more ruthless in front of goal.He added: “We couldn’t have asked for more, in terms of performance. England teams in the past have been accused of not keeping the ball, panicking on the ball and not being technically good enough, but we’ve set a high standard for ourselves and we need to keep that going.“Straight away in the dressing room after the game, it felt like a defeat. But after sleeping on it and looking back on the game later, we have to be happy with our performance.“We dominated the game and we need to replicate that and build on it going into the next game and hopefully more games after that. But we need to take our chances as well.”last_img read more