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Joy of Medina County Magazine | February 2020

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Prom Dress Dreams Come True by Kent Von Der Vellen Clothes are a big part of prom night, and for some girls the cost of a formal dress keeps them from attending prom. In 2017, Denise Walsh and Lori Taylor attended a Ready Dress Go event in Akron. The organization provides formal clothes to those in need. Walsh and Taylor were motivated to create a similar program in Medina, and G2K was created. At G2K’s annual two-day All Dressed Up event, girls get free prom dresses. The event is as much about the experience as it is about getting a dress. When a girl arrives for her appointment, she is greeted with a flourish by a doorman. At the registration table, she meets her dedicated personal shopper who escorts her to a personal dressing room where she will choose from more than 500 dresses. G2K Director Heidi Dyke said no men are allowed past the registration desk so the girls will feel safe and comfortable as they choose a dress. After a dress has been chosen, the next step is picking out a pair of shoes, followed by choosing jewelry, handbags, shawls, gloves, makeup, and nail polish. Once a girl is dressed in her entire ensemble, she walks down a red carpet to cheers and applause. At the end of the carpet, a professional photographer takes a full-length portrait. Finally, while the dress is being steamed and bagged, the girl joins her family members, friends and volunteers for a meal in the cafeteria. G2K can make some alterations onsite. Each girl receives a gift bag that includes a gift card to a local salon and other trinkets. Girls also get a chance to win one of five large gift baskets donated by individuals and businesses in Medina. This year, All Dressed Up will be March 13 and 14, at Harvest Presbyterian Church, 1095 E. Reagan Parkway, Medina. To view a video, go to https://bit.ly/30hewIA. To make an appointment, go to https://bit.ly/2R9jdA5, and click “register.” Due to space and time restrictions, only 44 appointments will be accepted. Dresses and accessories are donated by the community. If interested in volunteering or in making a donation, send an email to info@g2kministry.com. Kent Von Der Vellen is a 20-year Medina resident. He has been a volunteer for various youth sports teams, is a member of the Medina Lions club, and, with his wife, Kim, founded the Jakob F. Von Der Vellen Memorial Foundation. Contact Von Der Vellen by e-mailing von106@gmail.com or by calling 330421-0863. Learn what other area non-profits need by visiting Giving Hearts at JoyofMedinaCountyMagazine.com .

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