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Dresses right fit for fundraiser

Event Sunday benefits families fighting cancer

POSTED: February 8, 2013 12:27 a.m.
 

Donated formal dresses will be sold Sunday afternoon to raise money for three families affected by cancer.

More than 100 gowns ranging in price from $10 to $100 will be put on racks at the Windermere Lodge from 1 to 4 p.m. for the fundraiser Dresses Make a Difference.

Forsyth County resident Jennifer Sorrell wanted to help families in need of financial assistance for the many bills associated with cancer treatment.

Sorrell experienced that battle as her daughter overcame leukemia that was diagnosed at age 3.

“Walking that road with her and seeing all the different families and what they had gone through, there were many that certainly needed financial assistance,” she said.

“There’s a lot of great organizations that raise money for research or wish trips and great things like that, but there’s just not a whole lot of people out there helping with the day-to-day financial peace. That’s why I decided to do something special this way.”

Kristen, now 9 and cancer free, enjoys watching dresses accumulate in the family’s dining room as they prepare for the fundraiser, Sorrell said.

“This is way up her alley. She’s a girly girl,” Sorrell said. “She’s had fun helping me tag them and every day she comes home from school [asking] ‘how many more dresses do we have?’”

The dress drive began exclusively for prom wear, but expanded to include formal dresses for anyone from “girls to grandmas,” she said.

The low prices will also be a benefit to anyone unable to pay the expense typically associated with gowns for prom or other formal events.

The proceeds from selling the donated items will help three families with the costs of fighting cancer, including that of a local 7-year-old boy with neuroblastoma.

Also benefitting is a Georgia woman in her early 20s who is battling cancer for the fifth time and a South Carolina mother who cannot afford a grave marker for her daughter who recently died of cancer.

Sorrell said she has received many wonderful dresses as news of the event spread, but she will accept as many as she can.

Anyone with a dress to donate can e-mail Sorrell to work out the details, and everyone is welcome to shop Sunday.

“It’s going to be just a fun, girly day,” she said.

 

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