FORT MADISON – A group of Fort Madison locals have pulled their resources together to start what they are calling “Our PROMise”, a Prom assistance program for teens in need. The group is made up of volunteers with the Ft. Madison SDA Community Service Center, Sheri Hawk with Eternellé Beauté Full Service Salon & Spa and Savanna Collier with the Fort Madison Chamber of Commerce.
What started with an idea between mother and daughter (Sheri and Savanna) a few years ago was reignited during a membership conversation between Savanna and the volunteers with the Ft. Madison SDA Community Service Center.
“Janie had mentioned to me during an introduction meeting that she wanted to help girls get prom dresses who can’t afford them. It immediately reminded me of my mother’s idea of donating her services to girls who normally wouldn’t be able to get their hair and makeup done for prom. I arranged a meeting to discuss the idea and in the matter of an hour, the five of us had this whole thing planned out!” said Savanna Collier about how this quickly developed.
The group called upon friends right away to make this event happen. Beth and Matt Mohrfeld graciously donated the use of their building at 619 7th Street for shopping days and Prom day.
They are currently accepting donations of clean and gently used formal dresses, shoes, jewelry and accessories to stock the “shop”. Dresses and accessories will be available to those in need with the promise to return the items to be used again next year. Donations are being accepted at Eternellé Beauté Full Service Salon & Spa, located at 1304 Avenue G in Fort Madison between the hours of 10 am – 6 pm. They will accept donations through Friday, April 16th.
Girls in need of an outfit for prom can come “shop” at 619 7th Street on the following dates: Saturday, April 18th from 2-4 p.m.; Monday, April 19th from 4-6 p.m.; and Thursday, April 22nd from 4-6 p.m.
During their shopping trip, the girls can schedule an appointment for their hair and makeup to be done by volunteers on the day of Prom.
Monetary donations are also being accepted to help with the purchasing of tickets for Prom, gift cards to local eateries for dinner that evening as well as the cleaning of the items once they’ve been returned.