Key Club partners with My Sister’s Dress to donate prom attire

Key Club is collecting used prom attire for My Sister’s Dress to sell at affordable prices


Nikki Sisson

A dress collection box sits full of dresses for the Key Club’s dress drive in coordination with My Sister’s Dress. The affordable dresses will be on sale on Feb. 25 at McHenry County High School.

Ella Trimingham, Staff Writer

MCHS’ Key Club has partnered with My Sister’s Dress to help students have access to more affordable dresses. 

My Sister’s Dress is an organization that has been around since 2008. The idea is that people donate old dresses, and the organization collects and resells them for a low price. The money collected is then donated to charity.

This year they are splitting the funds; all proceeds will benefit MCC Foundation Education to Empowerment Scholarship and Home of the Sparrow.

The sale will be on Feb. 25, hosted at McHenry County College from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dresses will be sold for $25 each, and purses, shoes or other accessories will be $5 each, regardless of size.

“You do not have to have proof of your financial abilities or anything,” Math teacher and Key Club Advisor Emma Theel states. “Anyone can go and buy a prom dress.”

This event is open to anyone, regardless of financial status.  

“I think that organizations like these are wonderful,” said sophomore Jae Wessel. “Instead of throwing out a one-time used dress, you can donate it for someone else.”

The time surrounding prom can be a stressor for students, especially those struggling financially.

“Not everyone can afford $100 formal items,” Wessel said, “but now through places like ‘My Sister’s Dress’ many more people can enjoy luxuries for cheaper. All while supporting local scholarships and shelters.”

Donations are accepted at: Wear did U Get That in downtown Crystal Lake, Sage YMCA, Smith Physical Therapy and Running Academy, Black Orchid Boutique in McHenry, D&A Salon Apothecary, Curated by D&A on the Woodstock Square Historic District, and the Algonquin Area Public Library District.