On Friday, March 11th from 6 until 9, and Saturday, March 12th from 9 until 3 inside First United Methodist Church at 6701 JFK volunteers will transform the Sunday school classrooms into mini-boutiques where more than 50 young women could choose among rows of formal gowns. In the fellowship hall the teens could browse through tables of accessories to find matching shoes, purses and jewelry.
Church members donated new and gently used dresses, many worn only once.
Corsages, manicures, and hairstyle coupons from area businesses will be given away to participants.
Gently used eveningwear is still being accepted, evening gowns, shoes, purses, jewelry and accessories. Larger size dresses are especially needed.
The goal is to help families in need by offering teens free dresses for their prom or other occasions.
Many participants will be looking for outfits for their quinceañera, the traditional Latin American coming-of-age celebration for 15-year-old young women.
Mary Hoey, the ministry's executive director and a former associate pastor at First Church, said, "We don't want anyone to do without participating in an important event in their life if we can help them."
Members of North Little Rock’s First United Methodist church formed the Butterfly Community Ministry a non-profit community service organization, several years ago.
“In 2008, the board of directors of Butterfly decided to begin work on a project to provide assistance to the recent immigrant Hispanic population in North Little Rock,” said Hoey. The project was called Nueva Esperanza or New Hope.
Hoey has initiated different programs including free dance and art classes for Hispanic youth, tutoring and mentoring for middle school students learning English as a Second Language, and is working on many other projects to provide help to this community. Mary is fluent in Spanish and has established a network of support for the project with many local community leaders.
To set up an appointment to select a dress or to donate items, call Mary Hoey, Butterfly Director at (501) 951-7472. She is fully bilingual or Jan Scholl, NLRMYC Director at (501) 834-3784. Event participants must have an appointment.
For additional information, visit www.butterflycommunity.org