Bridal and Prom show slated for March 7

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By Natasha LaFayette



At last, a bridal and prom show has arrived and all those ladies looking for the perfect dress or affordable vendors are in luck.

The latest styles of dresses and tuxedos, a variety of vendors and prize drawing will be part of this year’s Prom and Bridal Fashion Show at Caryville Elementary School.

“I encourage everyone to come out March 7, to Caryville Elementary School and check out the great dresses whether prom or bridal and meet many local vendors that can help make your special day one to remember,” said event co-organizer with First Volunteer Bank Melissa Smith.

Sponsored by First Volunteer Bank and the Gilded Gown, the event will benefit the American Cancer Society (ACS) as a Relay for Life fundraiser.

“It isn't often that you get to be involved in something as important as raising money to help find a cure for cancer and have such a great time all at once,” said Smith.

Event co-organizer Tiffany Crutchfield said they hope to raise $5,000 this year for prom and bridal expo. Last year the event raised $1,000 for the ACS.

“I would love to raise $5,000 this year; I know that goal is high, but I really believe we can do it,” said Crutchfield.

Vendors for the event include Avon, Mary Kay, Lia Sophia Jewelry, Gilded Gown, Premier Jewelry, Southern Charm Portraits, SophieMac Photography, Tiger Eye Photography and much more.

“I also have calligraphers for invitations, women who monogram, the historic wedding chapel, seamstresses, cake decorators, hair and nail, etc,” said Crutchfield.

First Volunteer Bank is interested in having more vendors that specialize in proms and weddings, specifically florists, hair stylists, caterers and jewelers.

“If someone wants to be a vendor they need to call soon,” said Crutchfield about the limited space.

Vendor spaces are $25 a booth and admission for the event is $5 for adults and $3 for children and students.

The doors open for the event at 1 p.m. with the fashion show starting at 3 p.m.

“They can come in and check out the vendors. Most are giving away free samples, taking chances on items, or doing show specials,” said Crutchfield. “The Gilded Gown of Knoxville has offered to lend us use of dresses for the show.”

Both Miss Knoxville and Miss UT are scheduled to make an appearance at the show as well.

Models for dresses include students from Campbell County, Jellico and Anderson County High Schools.

Amy Floyd, a modeling coach with the Gilded Gown, has been modeling since she could walk, according to Crutchfield. She will be the emcee for the event and coach all the models.

“She (Floyd) is also doing the music for the show and has been a huge help,” said Crutchfield. “She knows all the little secrets to make a fashion show work.” 

“I am very excited about the fashion show next month, considering all the success we had last year I look forward to continuing this most rewarding event,” said Smith.

Tickets can be purchased at any First Volunteer Bank branch.