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Prom dress sale levels the floor for teens across NET, SWVa; Crumley house 'joggin' for the noggin'

Sue Guinn Legg • Feb 20, 2019 at 8:15 PM

The regional YWCA in Bristol is once again working to ensure every high school girl in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia has a chance to attend her prom.

To help overcome the considerable financial challenge of high school’s most glamorous night, the YWCA of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia will host its annual $25 prom dress sale Friday and Saturday, March 1-2, at the YWCA at 106 State St.

An annual service of the YWCA’s junior board of directors, the sale features hundreds of like-new prom dresses, shoes and accessories — all available at the maximum price of $25.

Sale hours are 2-6 p.m. Friday, March 1, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, March 2. Volunteers will be on hand to help girls find a gown they not only look beautiful in but also feel confident wearing. Scholarships will be available for girls in need of larger discounts, including free gowns for those with referrals from community organizations or school systems.

While the sale has affordably outfitted thousands of girls for their proms, it has not been done without the help of the community. The YWCA accepts donations of like-new formalwear and accessories throughout the year. This year the YWCA is in special need of sizes 14 and up.

Donated gowns, shoes, clutches and jewelry may be dropped off at the reception desk at YWCA building or at East Tennessee State University Women’s Resource Center, located in Room 220 of Campus Center Building on the quad near Brooks Gymnasium.

All proceeds from the sale go to YWCA programs, including the Moms R Us teen pregnancy program and the Tech GYRLS after-school program.

More information about the sale or the prom dress project may be obtained by contacting Tammy Alls at the YWCA at 423-968-9444 or [email protected]

The Crumley House Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center in Limestone is signing up runners and sponsors for its annual Joggin’ for the Noggin’ 5K Run coming up Saturday, March 23.

A jaunt across the scenic, rolling farm land that encompasses The Crumley House campus, the race is sanctioned and timed by the professional race management experts at We Run Events. And just for fun, headphones, baby strollers and dogs are permitted on the course.

The registration fee is $25 through March 16 and $30 from March 17 through the day of the race. The fee includes an event T-shirt and a large, post-race pancake breakfast in the dining room or on the patio of The Crumley House. All proceeds from race fees help the nonprofit brain injury rehabilitation center provide services to individuals who are recovering from traumatic brain injuries and their families.

Registration forms are available online at www.athlinks.com/event/joggin-for-the-noggin-5k- 136014. T-shirts and race packets may be picked up from 4-7 p.m., Friday, March 22, at Fleet Feet Sports at 302 Buffalo St. in Johnson City, or from 8-9:30 a.m. on the day of the event at the start/finish line in front of The Crumley House at 300 Urbana Road, Limestone.

More information about the benefit, including sponsorship opportunities, may be obtained by calling The Crumley House at 423-257-3644.

If there is a need or a project in your neighborhood the Good Neighbor column can assist with, contact Sue Guinn Legg at 423-722-0538, [email protected] or P.O. Box 1717, Johnson City, TN 37605.

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