Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Belle of the Ball?

Have you ever had a military ball to go to.....and NOTHING TO WEAR?!?!

Have you searched the local stores in vain, hoping to find something that doesn't look trampy or worse?

Well, I am just thrilled to find out about this new program that the FHEWC is sponsoring. It will be open to ALL military wives.

It's a "Borrow-A-Dress" concept. The only cost would be to have the dress professionally dry cleaned when you return it.

They are going to have a closet stocked with dresses of all sizes and colors! And here is the fun part. I talked to Rachel (the woman in charge of this project) and she mentioned that they are considering opening the dress closet to high school girls for prom.

Well, that means she is going to be very selective about the dresses. She doesn't want a parent flipping out about the dress being suited for Julia Robert's most famous character...so everything will be tasteful.

Donate away and you get a tax write off, plus you can help anyone who really needs a decent dress to wear to the ball. They are hoping to get 200 dresses...

Here is the original email....

The Fort Hood Area Enlisted Spouses Club (FHAESC) is beginning a fantastic program, which will benefit all of the spouses on Fort Hood! I hope that you will chose to participate, and share this with as many military spouses as possible.

Donations of evening gowns and cocktail dresses for the "Belle of the Ball" closet are currently being gathered at this time. All military spouses will be able to check out a gown or dress from this closet (in the same manner that you check out a book from the library). There will be no cost to borrow a gown, but we will be asked that borrowers have the gowns dry-cleaned prior to returning them to the closet. For the cost of a dry cleaning, our military spouses will be able to select a beautiful gown or cocktail dress for an upcoming Unit function, making them the true Belle of the Ball.

Over the course of the next few months, the we will be accepting donations of gently used gowns and cocktail dresses. Donation of Accessories are welcomed, but shoes will not be accepted. We have a target amount of just under 200 dresses (with specific amounts in each size) that they would like to have in the inventory prior to opening the closet to the military spouses.

Each donor will receive a letter of thanks with the exemption ID # for the donors tax purposes. Each gown will be catalogued and displayed on our FHAESC website for easy browsing. There will be a system in place to allow for reserving a favorite dress as well. The target date for opening is 1 January 2009.

I hope that you will share this information with all of the military spouses you are in contact with! The Fort Hood area is a very generous community, and I know that the response to the request for donations will be overwhelming.

Each of the military spouses on Fort Hood will be able to benefit from this wonderful program, and I thank each one of you in advance for helping to make this possible for our military family members!

Thanks again,
Rachel Dean
President, FHAESC
ph: 254-539-9875
c. ph: 254-319-8028
e: momof3terrors@aol.com


  1. Wow, that is great. I remember when we just moved here and were required to attend our first ball, and I had such a hard time last minute finding something decent to wear, too bad I got really sick with the stomach flu and couldn't go. Actually, I was bummed because I wanted to get all dressed up and go out with my hunk in his uniform.

  2. That is cool! I actually have a dress I could donate.

    Thanks for sharing this info!

  3. Pretty cool...I'm not sure I'm ready to part with my dresses though, lol Something to think about for the future though.


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