|SOUTHEASTERN GREEKS SELLING PROM DRESSES FOR SCHOLARSHIP FUND
HAMMOND – Just in time
for the local prom season, Southeastern Louisiana University sorority women
are sponsoring “The Princess Dress Shoppe” – a unique scholarship fundraiser.
Open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at
Hammond Square Mall on three Saturdays, Feb. 28, March 6 and March 13,
the shop will offer more than 100 formal dresses previously worn by members
of Southeastern sororities. The dresses, which come in all sizes and styles,
are discounted 60-70 percent. The shop is located on the mall’s second
ThePromSite.Com estimates that
prom attire, including gown, shoes, accessories and grooming, can cost
young girls as much as $500. When the Internet site surveyed more than
2,250 girls last spring, more than half said they will spend $100-$200
on a prom dress, while almost a fourth said they would spend $250 or more.
Given those kinds of expenses,
“Many high school girls are looking for fashionable, affordable dresses,”
said Kay Harrison, director of Student Organizations/Greek Life.
“I really like the idea as a
way to cut costs,” said Gwen Myers, principal of Hammond High School.
Proceeds from the Princess Dress
Shoppe will go to the Lisa Hill Greek Memorial Scholarship Fund, which
has been organized by a group of sorority alumni to fund a scholarship
for Southeastern’s Greek organizations. Hill, a 1991 Southeastern graduate
from Baton Rouge and member of Phi Mu sorority, died in 1996, after losing
a long battle against Lupus.
The fund-raising ideas are complements
of Tará Burnthorne Lopez, a 1992 Southeastern graduate whose University
of Southern Mississippi students came up with a marketing plan for the
Lisa Hill Greek Memorial Scholarship.
In addition to the Princess Dress
Shoppe, the plan, which was introduced to the campus and community at a
reception in November, also includes a combination raffle and prestigious
event called a “Draw Down.” Throughout the festive event, which would include
dinner, music and other fun, tickets are drawn for prizes, all leading
up to the grand-finale – a $5,000 prize.
Harrison said the dress shop
has collected 20-30 dresses from each Southeastern sorority chapter, as
well as items from women in the community. Some dresses are priced as low
as $20 with the average being from $40 to $100, “which is extremely reasonable
for a prom dress,” she said. She added that the “up-to-date and trendy”
dresses are all in good condition and freshly cleaned.
She said Southeastern fraternities
have contributed to the project by soliciting sponsorships, distributing
flyers to area high schools, helping set up the shop, and transporting
dresses to the mall.
Maggie Colleps of Denham Springs,
a member of Alpha Sigma Tau sorority, said her sorority sisters have contributed
a dozen dresses so far, with more to come. Some of the dresses even come
with matching jewelry, she said.
“I think this is a really good
idea,” she said. “Most people only wear a prom dress once. You know you
wouldn’t be caught dead wearing the same dress the next year!”
She said she is looking forward
to assisting the young customers. “A lot of girls go shopping with their
mothers, but they really don’t always agree with what their mothers say,”
she laughed. “We’ll be on hand to tell them if the dress fits right and
to give them an opinion from someone close to their own age.”
“I think it’s going to be lots
of fun,” she said. “I’m looking forward to it. I always love prom season.”
For additional information about
the Princess Dress Shoppe and the scholarship, contact Harrison at 985-549-2120.