Donations to Melissa's Closet & Crystal's Jewelry to be Held Now Through February 28th at 4 Whitmore Ace Hardware Locations in IL

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Donations to Melissa's Closet & Crystal's Jewelry to be Held 
Now Through February 28th at 
4 Whitmore Ace Hardware Locations in IL

     In honor of a former employee, Melissa Michalowski, and her friend Crystal Carr, 2 young girls lost too soon,  Whitmore Ace Hardware  is collecting new and gently-used prom dresses and formal attire for boys/men at their four (4) Whitmore Ace Hardware locations.

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     Their Mission:  Make sure that all those teens hoping to attend their prom are not held back from doing so because of the monetary constraints of buying the appropriate prom wear.

      From now through February 28th, you can drop-off your new or gently-used prom dresses and formal attire at any of the following Whitmore Ace Hardware locations:

       Whitmore Ace Hardware - 210 So. State St.,  Manhattan, IL                                               *    Whitmore Ace Hardware - 361 So. Locust St.,  Manteno, IL
      *    Whitmore Ace Hardware - Winchester Green Center, Wilmington, IL
      *    Whitmore Ace Hardware - 237 North Front Street,  Braidwood, IL

     Dresses and formal attire will also be collected at: 

     *    Fossil Ridge Library - 386 W. Kennedy Rd.,  Braidwood, IL
       *    Quality Auto Body - 97 North 1st Ave.,  Coal City, IL

     Anyone donating a dress to this charitable cause will be awarded a  Whitmore Ace Hardware Gift Card of $5.00 per dress donated.  If you donate a dress, you receive a coupon for a FREE dress.

     Prom dresses will be available in a variety of styles and sizes will all be priced at $5.00 each.  Long or short gowns of any fabric are accepted.  Purses are also accepted for donation, as well as accessories of jewelry (earrings, bracelets, necklaces) and shoes. 
Donated items from 2007 to the current year's fashion are welcome.

     Distribution of the dresses and formal wear will be conducted at Cardinal Transport, 7130 E. Reed Road in Coal City on Saturday, March 2nd, during the hours of 9:00 am to 2:00 pm

     For further information regarding this Whitmore Ace Hardware sponsored charitable event, 

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Nina Rogoff
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Medfield, MA
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Gene, what a great program to help out teens and their families! What a great way for Whitemore Ace Hardware to be involved in their community! 

Jan 11, 2013 02:30 AM #1
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
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I agree, Nina.  Great way to honor the lives of these two young girls.  Each year this event is growing ... hopefully my post helps in some small way ...

Thanks for the comment.  It's great to hear from you .. and meet you ...


Jan 11, 2013 02:52 AM #2
Steven Cook
No Longer Processing Mortgages. - Tacoma, WA

Gene -- that is the kind of program that deserves great write-ups and spreading of the message, as you have done so ably.

Have a fantastic weekend!

Jan 11, 2013 03:30 AM #3
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

Gene, what a great way to help young people afford prom attire. An excellent hyper-local post.

Jan 11, 2013 03:36 AM #4
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
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Thanks, Steven.  My cousin is involved in this at the Braidwood Ace store ... so trying to do my part to give some attention to their efforts.  I agree, it's a great effort ...

Tammie:  With the cost of proms skyrocketing, I agree that this effort is extremely timely.  Hoping the post aids the effort being made in honor of these two young girls ...


Jan 11, 2013 04:23 AM #5
Glenn Freezman
Family Abstract, Inc. - Horsham, PA

Gene, They seem like strange bedfellows, but I like it!!  I worked in one of those Hardware/everything type stores when I was little.  I wanted to sales but the owner insisted I do stock.  One day I was listening to him when a customer came in and asked for some grass seed, he said sure, and would you like a Lawnmower with that?  A little upset the guy says, I JUST want the grass seed, My boss says, well your gonna plant the seed, the seed is going to grow and the lawnmowers are on sale so I thought Id offer.  He takes both!  I know I can do this, I beg to take the next customer.  Man walks in and says he needs a box of Tampons, I say would you like a Lawn mower with that, He says, why in the world would I need a lawnmower, I said, "I figure your weekends shot anyway, you might as well mow the lawn!


Be well my firend!

Jan 11, 2013 05:15 AM #6
Margaret Goss
Baird & Warner Real Estate - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

Gene - I have always loved this idea.  I remember my daughter has several dresses in her closet long after she moved out and the local dry cleaners was collecting them to give away.  Off they went - only worn once but hopefully to be worn many more times.

Jan 11, 2013 05:37 AM #7
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
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Good one, Glenn ... I hope you enjoy YOUR weekend ...

Margaret:  Amazing what is spent on some of these events' attire.  Glad to see that this idea is catching on ... and families will take advantage of it.  Prom enjoyed without breaking the bank!


Jan 11, 2013 10:47 AM #8
Nick T Pappas
Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, @HomesBirmingham & Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Hun... - Huntsville, AL
Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource
Gene, that sounds like a very nice idea, but agree odd place to collect prom dresses. By the way, I'm meeting a couple from Joliet this weekend to show them a few houses.
Jan 11, 2013 11:33 AM #9
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

What a lovely way to honor them.  Would you find out if something could be mailed to that address for me?

Jan 11, 2013 12:18 PM #10
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