Donors gave than 200 prom dresses as well as women’s, men’s and children’s clothing, shoes and accessories for the Hope and Friendship Foundation’s fifth annual “Give That Dress a Second Night Out” resale event Saturday at Christ Community Church in Lemont.
Terri O’Neill Borders of the Hope and Friendship Foundation said Michelle Zaper, owner of Belle de Jour in downtown Lemont, also donated brand-new clothing from her former store, “In Style,” which closed last year.
Due to the generosity of Zaper and donors from throughout the community, many young women whose families struggle financially left the sale with beautiful prom dresses draped over their arms.
“As adults we are well aware that beauty is not measured by what is viewed by the human eye but rather what is exhibited from within and felt with the spirit,” O’Neill Borders said. “Generous friends offered the opportunity for so many young women to enter their prom feeling comfortable with their spirits on fire – feeling proud of what was viewable to the human eye.”
The $1,100 raised in sales and donations (the most ever from the resale event) will benefit a local family that is dealing with a debilitating health crisis.
“Hope and Friendship Foundation’s mission is to be a conduit of assistance from those that have to those that need – a mission that was demonstrated with this event in so many ways,” O’Neill Borders said. “I am so proud to live among friends that create these wonderful acts of kindness.”
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