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Consignment sale also helps food pantry

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By Kaitlin Keane

Tulle and twinkling sequins covered the walls at the Kingston Community Center last weekend as a charity prom dress sale went on.

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The “Say Yes to the Dress” consignment sale was put on by Roane County High School senior Amber Luttrell.

Girls from all over the county donated dresses to be sold during the community event.

These girls are doing more than just getting a little money back; they are also helping Roane County.

Twenty percent of the money made off each dress goes to the local food pantry, Hands of Mercy. The dress owners keep 80 percent.

A friend of Luttrell’s started the prom dress charity event two years ago. It was so successful, Luttrell decided to bring it back again.

“I knew some girls couldn’t afford a $500 dress,” Luttrell said. “This way they can get a cheaper dress and help the community as well.”

Luttrell adds that most of the dresses have only been worn once.

“I thought it was great” said Misty Luttrell, Amber’s mother. “This is good for the younger girls, say, going to their first prom, because it can get so expensive.”

With almost 150 dresses for sale, Luttrell estimated that there were thousands of dollars in formalwear available.

The event will be happening again Friday, Feb. 14, though Sunday, Feb. 16, at the Rockwood Community Center from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“This is just a way to help our community,” Luttrell said.