BELLVILLE -- School district boundaries mean nothing to Clear Fork High School senior Victoria Skoog.
When planning an upcoming prom dress resale event at Clear Fork High School, Skoog and a friend decided the proceeds should benefit Shelby High School senior Lindsey Gies. The Shelby Homecoming Queen came home on Friday, Feb. 1. She spent 53 days in the hospital, but finally won her battle with a life-threatening infection.
"Lindsey is a friend of mine. It actually happens to be my best friend's cousin, and I have known her for a few years," Skoog said. "My friend, Emma Hosey had the idea of holding a prom dress resale event this year and donating the money to a cause specific with women.
"But when Lindsey got sick, we thought what better organization than towards her?"
The girls intend to donate all the event's proceeds to Gies and her family to aid in their friend's recovery process.
What they're calling a Prom Dress Extravaganza will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 2 at Clear Fork High School. Dresses will be available for proms, homecomings and even weddings. The event is open to any and all surrounding school districts. Anyone in need of formal wear is invited to attend.
Dresses will come with suggested donation prices, mostly ranging from around $20. Some will suggest higher donations, up to $100, based on their condition.
"These dresses are gently used -- many worn only once -- and will definitely be affordable," Skoog said.
Throughout February, people can donate prom dresses and other formal wear. Dresses can be dropped off at Clear Fork High School or Shelby High School.
"We are looking to collect dresses -- prom, homecoming and bridesmaid -- leading all the way up until the week of the sale," Skoog said. "If anyone would be willing to donate their gently worn formal wear to CFHS during school hours, there is a rack hanging outside of the office where we are collecting them."
Those who donate can call 419-564-4631 the day of the sale to see if their dress has sold. Dresses left at 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 2 will be donated to the Flying Horse Farms camp for children with serious illnesses to play dress up.
The Prom Dress Extravaganza will feature food and music. Dressing rooms will be available to try on formal wear before making purchases.
This is the first of what Skoog hopes could be an annual event.
"If it turns out positive we hope to continue it in years forward," she said.