This is the fifth year for “adDRESS A Need,” a charity dress sale that benefits Advantage Behavioral Health Systems and the 10-county area it serves, including Madison County.
For the third year in a row, there will be a prelude to the sale entitled “Designers Challenge and Parade of Dresses Competition,” which is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 6, in Athens Technical College’s auditorium.
It takes a lot of people, volunteering a lot of time, to put these two events together each year but it pays off. Both events last year raised nearly $30,000 in funds for the non-profit charity that serves people with mental health, developmental disabilities and alcohol and drug issues.
The fashion show is “modeled” along the lines of the TV show Project Runway and includes eight local designers and 28 local models, including one designer and five models from Madison County this year.
2013 Madison County High School homecoming queen Isabel Edwards will model a dress in the “parade of dresses.” Edwards is a pro this year, having been involved in the event last year.
2010 homecoming queen Hannah Baird, another pro, will also model a dress. This is her third year to participate in the event.
Megan Hanley is a seventh grader at the middle school and this is her first experience as a model. Hanley says she is excited, and also a little nervous about her upcoming walk on the runway. She will be wearing a pink dress with sequins.
Little Callie Crawford, who just 3, will be also be wearing pink – her favorite color.
Barbara Fogg, who lives near Commerce, will be designing and modeling a dress representing her company, Athens Family Dental.
Tammy Dalton, communications and outreach coordinator for Advantage, is once again spearheading the events this year. Dalton, who is also from Madison County, says she is proud of her county’s participation each year.
“We are so proud of how Madison County continues to support the needs of Advantage Behavioral Health and Friends of Advantage,” she said.
To vote for one of these Madison County models go online to www.friendsofadvantage.org. Votes are only one dollar each and participants can vote as often as they like, for whomever they choose.
“So if someone wants to donate $5, that is five votes, if they want to donate $20, that’s 20 votes,” Dalton said.
The Designer’s Challenge and Top Model Competition will be followed by the really big event – the dress sale, which will be held Friday, March 7 through Sunday, March 23 at Georgia Square Mall.
Hours for the sale will be 1 – 9 p.m. Monday – Friday; 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. on Saturdays and noon – 6 p.m. on Sundays.
Formal dress prices range from $20-$150. Hundreds of new dresses have been donated, Dalton said.
The sale enables shoppers to look through thousands of new and gently used formal and semi-formal dresses for sale. “We have prom dresses, wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses, Easter dresses, mother of the bride dresses – we have something for all ages,” Dalton said.
Friends of Advantage also offers prom scholarships opportunities that provide a “Cinderella” makeover for young ladies who are unable to attend prom due to financial hardships.
For more information on the sale, or to make a dress donation, call Tammy Dalton at 706-296-8086, or visit the website at www.friendsofadvantage.org.
“I want to think Madison County folks that support this event,” Dalton said. “I’m very proud of Madison County’s participation.”
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