Formal exchange event planned

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Buying a prom dress and accessories just got more affordable thanks to a new fundraiser being planned by members of Cassville High School's Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) Chapter.

On Saturday, Nov. 8, SADD will host "The Formal Exchange" from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the J.C. Duncan Memorial (Rock) Gym on the R-IV campus.

Students from any area school district are invited to bring their old formals, party dresses, shoes, purses, jewelry and other accessories to the sale.

"We will be accepting all items that have been neatly kept," said Olivia Cline, president of SADD, whose sister Natalie came up with the idea for the fundraiser. "To keep it affordable, we are asking that pricing be kept between $20 to $80."

By involving students from other schools, the sale will offer a larger selection of almost new prom wear.

"Girls who can't afford a new dress, especially in this tough economy, can come to The Formal Exchange and find the perfect dress for prom at a reasonable price," said Olivia.

Information about the sale has been sent to counselors at Wheaton, Exeter, Purdy, Southwest and Monett High Schools, and Olivia said she and other SADD members are confident there will be a good turnout for the event.

"So far the response has been very positive," said Olivia. "Everybody thinks it's an excellent idea."

SADD will retain 20 percent of the sale price as a handling fee. This money will be used to help fund a Winter Formal that SADD will be sponsoring at the Cassville Golf Club on Dec. 13.

Sale items can be dropped off at the Cassville High School office beginning Monday, Nov. 3. Dresses and other accessories will be collected until 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 7.

The dresses and accessories will be displayed by size and item. There will also be a place for girls to try on the dresses.

"It will be like going into a dress shop," said Olivia.

For more information about The Formal Exchange, contact Elaine Boles, CHS nurse and SADD advisor, at 847-5112 or the CHS office at 847-3137.

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