Elodie Hutson shares her experience so that other clubs can do something similar at their schools.
Elodie Hutson is the President of Issaquah High School FIDM Fashion Club in Washington. She saw a need in her community for inexpensive Homecoming dresses, and had the idea that many students must have old dresses sitting in their closets not being used. So, she decided to organize a dress drive fundraiser to benefit the families at her school experiencing financial difficulties.
FIDM Fashion Club President Elodie Hutson.
How did you select the charity? The Angel Closet operates within my high school and is directly tied to our community. It supports students and families who are financially struggling, and provides students with the things they need to keep them in school and to ensure they have a good school experience.
What was the best part about doing this fundraiser? The best part of this fundraiser was seeing the joy and happiness on the faces of our peers and knowing that we made someone’s day just a little better.
What was most challenging? The most challenging part was collecting dresses. We found that not that many people were super willing to give up their dresses.
Getting ready for the big day.
Any advice do you have for a club that is apprehensive about taking on a large project such as this one? Delegate, divide up the work evenly, and make sure the work matches each person’s strengths.
What plans do you have for your club this year? A few dresses were donated that weren’t in good enough condition to sell, so we may use the materials and re-work the dresses into other styles. The other thing we are trying to do is to see if we can visit a local retailer that produces their own product, so we can see the process from design to completion.
What are your career goals? I would like to run my own label. I want to see other people wearing my clothes. And I want to feel the joy of personally wearing them, too.
Download Elodie’s presentation on how to put together a dress drive fundraiser. Find out more about Issaquah High School FIDM Fashion Club here: issyfashionclub.weebly.com and issaquahsammamishdresssale.weebly.com.