OHuddle Prom Boutique dress sale Jan. 21

OHuddle Prom Boutique dress sale Jan. 21

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Young ladies planning their perfect prom this spring will be able to get a jump-start on dress shopping at a highly discounted rate, thanks to the “Fairy Godmothers” involved with OHuddle Inc. The nonprofit organization will present its prom boutique dress sale.

The event is set to take place Saturday, Jan. 21 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Wooster, 621 College Ave., where dozens of gently used gowns and accessories in various sizes, styles and colors will be priced to sell, ranging from $35-$150, according to OHuddle Executive Director Sara Reith.

“This is a fundraiser supporting the OHuddle mentorship program at Wayne County Schools Career Center,” Reith said. “The boutique is open to the public to shop over 600 formal dresses priced from $35-$150. Anyone who purchases a dress will receive a free accessory of a bag, shoes or jewelry for free.”

Reith said the organization partners together with People to People Ministries, whose home is located at First Presbyterian, where anyone currently interested in donating a slightly used formal dress is encouraged to take them now until the sale.

“People to People is a wonderful partner and is the location in which anyone can drop off donated dresses year round to be sold in the dress sale,” Reith said. “One-hundred percent of the profits from the sale benefit the OHuddle mentorship program at the career center, and there are currently 75 students involved with our program.”

For several months leading up to the sale, volunteers with OHuddle prepare the dresses by pricing the gowns and organizing them for would-be buyers. Reith said the organization is grateful to First Presbyterian Church of Wooster for storing their dresses year round in the church and for holding the sale there.

“(This fundraiser) has evolved from a Fairy Godmother experience OHuddle previously hosted for a select group of young ladies,” Reith said. “We now gift (many) students with free dresses, as we believe there is equity in dressing up and feeling special for a fun milestone like prom.”

OHuddle is a school-based youth mentorship program currently serving more than 550 students in Orrville, Wooster, Green Local, Triway, Southeast, Rittman and the career center. Students are nominated for the program by educators and then matched with a volunteer mentor from the community, Reith explained.

“They then meet weekly during a nonacademic school period, focusing on relationship building,” she said.

There are several students on OHuddle’s wait list in each district waiting for a mentor, Reith said. If interested in mentoring a youth, visit www.ohuddle.org and sign up for one of the organization’s future orientations or email Associate Director Heather Warner at hwarner@ohuddle.org with questions.

All formal dresses, long and short, were donated from within the community. Several donors report their dresses to have an original cost of around $600, Reith said. The gently used gowns on sale are priced between $35-$150.