Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

April 9, 2014

Prom dress sale a success

By Brent Brown Daily News
Greensburg Daily News

---- — GREENSBURG -- Students from all three local high schools will look their best this prom season thanks to the efforts of a Greensburg Community High Schooler’s Chautauqua project.

Kalynne Asche began organizing the Greensburg/Decatur County “Once Upon a Prom” dress drive earlier this year, and her efforts culminated in multiple successful sale dates at First Baptist Church. Saturday capped off the project and gave last minute shoppers the opportunity to get a deal on new or gently used prom dresses just in time for the big events this spring.

Kalynne said approximately 230 dresses had been donated or sold for the project, which was started to help ease the financial burden of purchasing the perfect dress or gown for the most important high school formal dance each year -- a significant though expected expense that annually falls on students, and by extension their parents.

The project, according to all involved, was quite the success story.

A total amount of earnings wasn’t available Saturday, but Kalynne was pleased with the prospects of the tally which will be divided among the after-prom programs of Greensburg Community High School, North Decatur High School and South Decatur High School.

The first sale date in March brought in the most shoppers, the student said, and although the event was largely targeted at teen patrons there were some surprises along the way.

Lisa Asche, Kalynne’s mother who lent a helping hand to her daughter’s community service endeavor, said students from Indianapolis and the Jac-Cen-Del and Milan school systems made the trip to the Tree City to check out the wares Kalynne had collected. All were surprised when a young bride-to-be looking for the perfect wedding dress stopped by First Baptist and found exactly the garment she was looking for among the racks set out in the church’s Family Life Center.

“It’s just been fun,” Lisa told the Daily News. “We’ve seen lots of smiling faces.”

Her daughter was among those smiling Saturday as Kalynne’s project came to a successful close.

And as the intent always is for students taking part in John Pratt’s GCHS Chautauqua projects, Kalynne learned a lot about the amount of effort it takes to put together something of this nature along the way.

“We want to start it sooner next year,” Kalynne said, adding that beginning a little earlier may help students find the look they’re looking for in time for the winter formal. This was a “successful test run,” she said, and the feedback received will only help matters when next season’s high school dances roll around.

The message also made its way among the halls of all three local high schools thanks to the positive feedback and Kalynne’s “Greensburg/Decatur County Once Upon a Prom” Facebook page.

Fellow students Rebecca Fletcher, a three-time prom attendee, and Jessica Koors and Michaela Geis who are attending for the first time this spring, agreed that positive word of mouth spurred many students to check out Kalynne’s collections before heading out to shop at stores.

“She advertised it very well,” Rebecca said.

To top off the prevailing air of prom positivity Saturday, Kalynne told the Daily News many unused dresses will be made available to attendees of the Developmental Services, Inc. prom, which is slated for Saturday, April 12.

There was plenty of fun to be had during the sales and collection drives as well.

“We’ve been able to around and say, ‘Why don’t you try this on?’” proud mom Lisa said Saturday afternoon. “It’s been really exciting.”

Contact: Brent Brown 812-663-3111 x7056; brent.brown@greensburgdailynews.com