CHARLESTON -- Anyone looking to make extra money or find a bargain in this sluggish economy may have that opportunity through a Charleston women's group fundraiser set for later this month.
P.E.O. Chapter CV in Charleston is sponsoring "Prom it Again with P.E.O." from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 17 at the United Methodist Church, 1700 East Marshall St., in Charleston. The re-sale will consist of "gently worn, reasonably priced" formal gowns, prom dresses, cocktail dresses and mother of the bride dresses. Proceeds will go to the P.E.O. Chapter CV Scholarship Fund.
"This a first-time event for us," said Dorothy Anne Brink, P.E.O. member. "We're always looking for projects (to raise funds) because we give very large scholarships to graduating high school seniors."
Melinda Gee, chair of the event, said the organization anticipates a large turnout.
"I think the timing is so good just simply because the re-use of the dresses is really smart, especially with the economy. It's an advantageous way to come and buy lavish, gently worn dresses -- and some that have not even been worn," Gee said.
The sale is also an avenue to benefit some who may not afford a new dress, Gee pointed out.
"It's got a lot of advantages, and the money we are raising is going to a good use," Gee said, adding in 2008, the organization was able to give scholarships to two graduating seniors.
Those wanting to sell a gown or dress will need to complete a consignment form which includes details of the dress, including size, condition, event worn and other information. The dress should be clean and in good condition. The seller will set the price and pay a $20 cash fee for each dress entered in the sale.
"What makes our sale so unique is whoever consigns a dress with us beyond that consignment fee, they will get 100 percent from the sale of the dress," Gee said.
There will be a $2 admission charge for those wishing to look and shop for a dress.
P.E.O. members have planned to make the atmosphere similar to what would be found in a boutique.
"Our church has a great family life center, and we have it all planned with dressing rooms for those shopping. Our members will go with them and help them with trying things on," Brink said.
Brink said the main purpose of the philanthropic educational organization for women is to help women who want to go back to college and don't have money for baby sitters or some of their extra needs and schooling, Brink said.
Giving scholarships to high school seniors is another way the organization supports women in education, she said.
"Since we are in such a rural area, we often see them graduate from college and come back into the community and reinvest here," Gee noted of the scholarship recipients.
More dresses are needed for the event, both Gee and Brink said.
"We're just hoping to get a good crowd and a lot of dresses in before Jan. 17," Gee said.
Dresses not sold may be picked up between 1-5 p.m. Jan. 18. For more information, contact P.E.O. by phone at 683-3733; by mail 1307 State St., Charleston, MO 63834; or e-mail Prom_it_again_with_P.E.O.@ymail.com.
What: "Prom it Again with P.E.O." dress re-sale
When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 17
Where: United Methodist Church in Charleston
More info: $2 admission charge; proceeds will benefit P.E.O. scholarship for graduating high school senior. (Dresses are still being accepted for the re-sale. Dresses can be consigned for a cash fee and sellers will receive 100 percent of dress sale. Call 683-3733 for more information.)