Sparkle Network to host homecoming dress sale

By: Kara Szymanski | Shelby - Utica News | Published August 14, 2021

 Sparkle Network, a local nonprofit, will be hosting a session of its Dress Into A Dream Homecoming Dress Sale next month in Shelby Township. The nonprofit hopes to raise money by selling homecoming dresses for $10 to fund its mission of providing free prom dresses in the spring to those who can’t afford them.

Sparkle Network, a local nonprofit, will be hosting a session of its Dress Into A Dream Homecoming Dress Sale next month in Shelby Township. The nonprofit hopes to raise money by selling homecoming dresses for $10 to fund its mission of providing free prom dresses in the spring to those who can’t afford them.

Photo provided by Sparkle Network

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SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The nonprofit Sparkle Network will be hosting a fall Dress Into A Dream Homecoming Dress Sale next month in hopes of raising money to support its mission of getting free prom dresses to those who can’t afford them.

The Dress Into A Dream Homecoming Dress Sale will be held at Expresson Coffee in Shelby Township Sept. 5. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dresses will be available for $10 each and will be of all sizes and lengths.

All proceeds will be used to replenish items for the Prom Closet Project Tour 2022.

Begun by helping one person get outfitted for prom in 2014, the Prom Closet Project expanded, and by 2016, Sparkle Network founder and board President Moe Lietz discovered that it needed to be something that moved around the area to help as many girls as possible.

Lietz said sometimes families even purchase a dress or dresses as a way of paying it forward to other students.

“We are glad to be able to help teens not only in the spring with prom dresses, but also in the fall. A lot of the families/teens we see in the fall purchase the dress or dresses as a way of paying it forward to other students. Some of the teens don’t tell me to add them to the spring contact list, just that they want to help someone go to prom and their purchase will help make it possible,” Lietz said via email.

Each girl gets a half-hour to 45 minutes to try on as many dresses as she wants until she finds the right one. The Prom Closet Project also has shoes, accessories and even makeup samples for the girls to choose from to complete their looks.

Girls wanting to participate at prom time are not charged for anything. They just have to get an appointment by sending an email to sparkle.network3@gmail.com with the location they wish to attend in the subject line; they include their name, two times they could come the day the closet at that location, and what school they attend in the body of the email.

Lara Shovlin, the coffee shop owner, said she is looking forward to being a part of giving back.

“We love supporting local charities giving back to others, like the Sparkle Network. We are excited to use this new space to host a dress shop for young ladies in the area,” she said in an email.

Terri McKay, a parent, said the program was able to help her daughter get a prom dress that was perfect for her.

“The Sparkle Network dress program helped my daughter have a current style dress that fit her, that I wouldn’t have been able to purchase for her as a single mom. Maureen’s positivity is contagious, and we had fun ‘shopping’ and trying on dresses,” she said.

Lietz said she does alterations on the spot.

For more information or to submit an application, visit sparklenetwork.org or email sparkle.network3@gmail.com. Sparkle Network needs an application so it can plan accordingly due to space constraints.

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