Teen holding charity homecoming dress sale

Salee Blank, a senior at Mountain Ridge High School, stands in front of dresses collected for the “Shop for a Cause” fundraiser.

FROSTBURG — The school year has yet to start, but it’s not too early to start thinking about where to buy homecoming dresses, especially when they can be had while supporting a good cause.

The “Shop for a Cause” homecoming dress sale fundraiser created by Salee Blank, a senior at Mountain Ridge High School, will donate proceeds to the Holding Hands for Haley Foundation that will be held today at First English Baptist Church from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

“I was close with Haley,” Blank said. “I knew her through my church.”

Haley House developed a brain tumor at 7 years old and fought for two years before succumbing at age 9. The foundation was started in her honor, and last year alone it donated $62,000 to childhood cancer research and local families dealing with childhood cancer.

“We put the foundation together to help other local folks that go through similar issues,” Buddy House, the Foundation’s president, said. 

Recently, the LaVale Soccer Club, in conjunction with the Foundation, named a soccer field Haley House Field. 

This year, House would have been a freshman in high school and, Blank said, she loved to hear stories about homecoming that Blank’s older sisters used to tell. In kind, the idea for “Shop for a Cause” was born.

“This was all her (Blank) idea because this would have been Haley’s first dance,” said Peggy Atkinson-Blair, owner and operator of P.S. Hair Design. 

Blank collected 100 dresses for Sunday’s sale. Some dresses are priced to be sold with 20% of the sale going toward the foundation. Other dresses were donated and the full proceeds will benefit the Foundation.

They also will be raffling off hair appointments, nail appointments, spray tans and jewelry. Local businesses Buttercup Boutique, Madison Paige Boutique, The Country Diva, P.S. Hair Design and Studio 757 donated to the fundraiser. 

For more information about the Holding Hands for Haley Foundation, visit http://www.holdinghandsforhaleyfoundation.org/.

Follow staff writer Brandon Glass on Twitter @Bglass13.

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