Gown Gala to offer affordable finery to ladies of all ages

By Janice Steinhagen - Staff Writer
Griswold - posted Mon., Feb. 11, 2013
Lindsay and Tina Grab display some of the formal gowns that will be for sale during the GHS Gown Gala Feb. 23. Photos by Janice Steinhagen.
Lindsay and Tina Grab display some of the formal gowns that will be for sale during the GHS Gown Gala Feb. 23. Photos by Janice Steinhagen.

Organizers of Project Safe Graduation at Griswold High School are hoping to make their current fund-raising project a win-win situation for anyone of any age in the market for a special-occasion dress. The school’s annual Gown Gala on Feb. 23 will once again offer new and gently-used formal, semi-formal, cocktail and bridesmaid dresses at bargain prices, with proceeds going to fund the post-graduation substance-free party for the Class of 2013.

Tina Grab, who is chairing the event, said that more than 200 dresses had been donated to the sale, which is open to the public. Among the selection are brand-new formals that still have price tags on them. “The Trink-et Shoppe [in Danielson] donated 12 never-worn dresses for prom,” she said. “We’ve got a lot of wedding-attendant-type dresses, so someone who had one or two attendants in their wedding party could come and look.” The assortment also includes dresses that would appeal to mothers of the bride, those looking for cocktail dresses for cruise wear, or eighth-graders looking ahead to their own graduation dances, she said.

Prices are perfect for the frugal: $30 for a long evening gown and $15 for a short dress, regardless of size. The sale, which is in its fourth year, serves a two-fold purpose, said Grab. Besides helping fund Project Safe Graduation, “we’re providing affordable formal wear for people,” which allows even students on a limited budget to attend and enjoy the prom, she said. The gowns have been inspected for their condition and “everything is in solid shape,” she said.

Along with the dresses, the Gown Gala will feature handbags, jewelry and chocolates offered by local entrepreneurs and a hairstylist offering demonstrations of the latest styles. In addition, drawings will be held for door prizes ranging from tuxedo rentals, to a cosmetic gift basket, tanning and hairstyling services.

The Gown Gala will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23, in the GHS band room.


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