PROM IT FORWARD
Prom It Forward Minnesota project is an annual fully donated and volunteer based fundraiser, where 100% of the proceeds from selling donated formal gowns goes directly to helping girls, women and men who have been sexually assaulted, abused or trafficked. Central Minnesota Sexual Assault Center has been the benefactor for the past two years and will be again for the 2019-2020 season. Dresses of all colors, styles and sizes are donated to Rapids Alterations and Repair. Girls and women are encouraged to come in, try-on and purchase the dresses at largely discounted prices ranging from $10 -$300. Dresses have been sold for Holly Ball, adult proms, cruises, weddings, as well as prom.
Dresses are accepted throughout the year with a big drop-off event being one of the Saturdays before Thanksgiving. Special sale dates are the first Saturday in January, February and March. Dresses are also available weekdays at Rapids Alterations December – March.
The project is always in need of formal gowns of all kinds, as well as volunteers, willing to spend some valuable time helping a great cause. Dresses can also be sponsored. Every $20 donated as sponsorship, a gift certificate will be created and given to local Boys & Girls Club and school counselors to give to their students to use towards the purchase of their own dream Prom It Forward dress. Various advertising opportunities are available to our generous sponsors as well.
Cindy Battleson, the owner of Rapids Alterations and Repair in Sauk Rapids, was struck with the idea when the big prom consignment shop in town closed leaving all previously loved prom dresses with no where to go. Cindy and her staff, as well as various volunteers, spend hundreds of hours collecting, tagging, pricing and taking photos of the 400 dresses collected to spread awareness of the project on Facebook, Instagram.
In it’s first year the project raised $6,000; year two raised $8,000 for a total of $14,000. 100% of the money goes to helping girls and women who have been sexually assaulted, abused or trafficked. Prom It Forward Minnesota has been the biggest fundraiser for Central Minnesota Sexual Assault Center to date.
How to Help
1-Donate and/or purchase a dress
2-Volunteer Opportunities: Drop-Off Event, Saturday sales, or during the week taking pictures, organizing, tagging, etc.
3-Sponsor a dress through the sponsorship program
4-Provide coffee and goodies at events
6- Like and share Prom It Forward posts on social media
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