Mother’s cancer diagnosis spurs teen’s plan for fundraiser
IF YOU GO
What: Used prom and formal dress sale
When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, April 16.
Where: Delavan-Darien High School Commons, 150 Cummings St., Delavan.
Details: Clean, gently used prom dresses will be available at affordable prices. DDHS junior Erika Price is coordinating the sale to raise money for Price’s entry fee for the three-day Walk for the Cure in Chicago in August.
DELAVAN Erika Price got the idea for collecting used prom dresses six months ago.
But the idea stayed on the back burner until her mom, Cori, was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Very quickly, Cori Price’s annual cash donation to the Susan G. Koman for the Cure Foundation turned into a desire to participate in the three-day Walk for the Cure in Chicago.
That turned into a collection of 100 formal dresses that will be available for purchase Saturday. Proceeds will help Erika pay her $2,300 Walk for the Cure entry fee.
All the dresses are donated. Erika put dress collection boxes at Delavan-Darien, Big Foot, Elkhorn and Williams Bay high schools.
Students from any school are welcome to attend the sale, and fitting rooms will be available.
Most of the dresses are prom gowns in recent styles and bold colors. Some are a little less flashy, and a few would suit those with a flare for retro styles. Others might be suitable for a formal event other than prom.
One gorgeous, glittery white dress was worn in a friend’s bat mitzvah.
A few would make perfect bridesmaid dresses for a wedding with one or even two attendants.
The dresses are clean and hanging safely on racks in the Price’s dining room. Millie Swets, owner of Dutch Maid Dry Cleaners in Delavan donated the dry cleaning, Cori said.
At retail stores, prom dresses cost between $150 to $300, Cori said. The dresses at Saturday’s sale will cost much less, she said.
Erika, 16, last fall read in a magazine about holding a used prom dress sale. She asked around to find out if her friends would be interested in donating a dress or shopping at such a sale.
She got a good response, she said.
“That was before the cancer thing came up,” Erika said.
Erika and Cori in August will participate in the three-day Walk for the Cure in Chicago. The entry fee is $2,300 for each, and Erika plans to use the money raised from the sale for her entry fee.
Cori was diagnosed with cancer in early January after an irregular mammogram. The cancer is in the very early stages, she said.
She has since had two lumpectomies and is in her fourth of eight weeks of radiation therapy.
Cori considers herself fortunate to have been diagnosed so quickly and to be able to avoid chemotherapy.
“Don’t ever skip your mammogram,” she said.
Talking to her, one would never know she’s been ill. She chatters happily about the plans for this week’s sale as well as the hope that Erika can host the same event next year.
She has been amazed at the response she has gotten from the community. Every time she mentioned the event, someone has stepped up to offer help, Cori said, and everything has fallen quickly into place.
“All we need now are shoppers.”