Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

April 19, 2014

Belles make sure prom is a ball

Glasgow Daily Times

GLASGOW — Like many area high school students, Jessica Thomerson of Glasgow worked a part-time job as a senior so she could afford things she wanted or needed, including a dress for prom.

“The only reason I could [afford a dress for prom] was because I was working,” she said.

 That’s why she started Belles of the Ball, an organization through which she gives back to the community by helping high school girls find dresses for prom.

Thomerson shared her idea with her close friend, Shannon Heacock of Glasgow, who coincidentally had been thinking about doing something similar.

“I said, ‘Oh my gosh, she must have been reading my mind,’” Heacock said. “Give me 30 minutes and let me see what I can do.”

Soon after, Heacock had set up a Facebook account seeking donated prom dresses.

“We started out with four and now we’ve got well over 30,” Thomerson said.

Donations have been pouring in.

“We’re accepting shoes, purses, jewelry, anything that can be needed for prom,” Thomerson said.

Thomerson and Heacock have been contacted by people in Russell and Logan counties who want to donate prom dresses. One woman in Franklin donated 10 dresses.

“It’s grown bigger than either one of us thought it would,” said Thomerson. “We’ve just had numerous people who have donated.”

High school girls who need a prom dress may call Thomerson or Heacock to learn whether they have one they like and that fits.

“If we don’t have one, we will try to find one,” Thomerson said.

Beginning at 2 p.m. April 26, the night of the Barren County and Caverna high school proms, Thomerson and Heacock will be at The River Ministries, 900 Cleveland Ave., to help girls get ready. A team will be on hand to do hair, nails and makeup.

“People can come in and we will be able to do it all,” Thomerson said.

They will do the same May 17, the night of Glasgow and Metcalfe County high school proms, at Jessica’s Dance and Tumbling Center in Edmonton, again starting at 2 p.m. Everything is free, except for photos, which will cost $5.

For more information on Belles of the Ball, visit the organization’s Facebook page at 648200881884376, or call Thomerson at 270-646-0624 or Heacock at 270-404-0372.