For the ninth year, the Apex Prom Shoppe will make sure hundreds of local teenage girls are picture perfect for their prom.
The annual event is designed to help girls who might not otherwise be able to afford a prom dress and the accessories to go with it. It's set for Friday, March 24, and Saturday, March 25, at Apex United Methodist Church, 100 S. Hughes St., in the church's Christian Life Center.
Stacy Kivett, an organizer, tells me that between 200 and 500 girls descend on the sale each year. Teens don't need to make a reservation to attend. And they don't need to show any proof of income, for instance, at the door.
"It's not for us to judge who needs what," Kivett said.
Once inside, they'll be able to pick from hundreds of dresses, all kinds of accessories and a variety of makeup. Organizers collect items all year for the shop, but Kivett tells me there are a few things they need in particular - plus size dresses, jewelry and new, unopened makeup.
"We are always in need of plus size dresses," she said. "And, this year, we are in desperate need of makeup and jewelry."
Last year, organizers ran out of makeup after the first day and rushed to stores to load up on more to ensure there was something for every girl who passed through. Kivett asks that dresses be from within the past five years and in good condition.
The prom shoppe also accepts cash donations, which helps organizers buy makeup, for instance, if they run out or plus size dresses if not enough are donated.
"We want everybody to have a few options to look at," she said. "We don't want anybody to go away without trying something on."
Donations can be dropped off at several places - the Apex UMC church office, Peak UMC and 519 Church in Morrisville. The Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Cary also is accepting donations and will be offering a special deal to people who drop off items there.
"It's tons of fun," Kivett said about the shop. "Having done it for several years, we form a relationship with these families, especially if they have multiple kids going to prom. We see them year after year and we love hearing the stories and seeing the smiles. All of the girls ... leave with a smile, which is exactly what we want. It's a great experience."