HOMECOMING AND PROM DRESS RESALE
Second annual event with proceeds to benefit Speed The Light, a student led initiative to provide missionaries with essential items for sharing the love of Jesus and rescuing women and children from sex slavery
Uncommon Youth is hosting its second annual formal dress resale September 13 from 9 a.m. to 4 p..m. at Cornerstone Church in Bethalto. This year the Dress Resale will include a Homecoming and Prom Business Expo.
Cornerstone youth pastor, Chris Stanley, said the idea for the sale came from members of the church group Uncommon Youth. The females in the youth group thought a dress resale was a creative way to raise money for missions.
“The girls all had dresses they needed to sell or buy, so this sale seemed a logical idea,” Stanley explained. “We used Facebook to get the word out for last year’s sale and had a decent turnout. We hope to have an even bigger event this year.”
People wishing to sell a dress at the sale are charged a flat $10 fee regardless of the number of dresses they have to sell. Sellers set the price for their dresses and do not have to be present at the sale.
A new idea for this year’s sale was the business expo. The youth group is inviting businesses traditionally associated with homecoming and prom to set up tables to showcase their services. This includes florists, tanning salons, beauticians and restaurants. There is no charge for the businesses to participate. The hope is this will help make the sale more of an event and draw a larger crowd.
The dress resale is just one of several fundraising events the youth group is conducting to raise funds for Speed the Light (STL). STL is an Assembly of God student led initiative where the youth raise money to support world missionaries with funds to buy essential transportation and sound equipment used to spread the love of Christ.
“These missionaries do everything from providing clean drinking water in Africa to rescuing men, women, and children from human trafficking,” said Stanley.
To date, the youth group has raised $11,000 for STL. Stanley said each $100 raised frees one person from sex slavery.
“We have raked lawns, cut grass, jumped in freezing cold water. We even wore the same shirt for 30 days straight to raise money and awareness for our missionaries,” Stanley said. “It’s incredible to watch a group of students sacrifice so much so that other people around the world, that they have never met, will have an opportunity to meet with Christ.”
More information can be found on the dress resale’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/uncommonresale or by calling the church at 618-377-7625.