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FSK High School to host discount prom dress sale

Francis Scott Key High School's chapter of the National Honor Society will host its annual Cinderella's Closet event this weekend.

It will take place in the school's band room from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 8 and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 9.


The event gives high schoolers the chance to buy dresses for prom at a discounted rate, while also serving as a fundraiser for the chapter's community service efforts.

Jeffrey Ballard, chemistry and anatomy teacher at FSK and the school's National Honor Society adviser, said that the event was started by students almost a decade ago.


"It's continued on and the girls that are running it right now have done a fantastic job with it — they're really enthusiastic with it," he said.

The dresses sold at the event are donated by the community, Ballard said, and anyone — not just FSK students — is welcome to purchase them.

"Basically we get dresses that are donated from members of the community that are in pretty good shape … we price them, some of them they'll be as cheap as $5," he said.

Generally, the dresses aren't sold for more than $40, he said.

Although donations for this year's event were accepted until March 30, donated dresses are always welcomed, he said.

"We pretty much take dresses year-round," he said. "If they don't go in for this year, we definitely will hold them for next year. We're always looking to bolster the supply."

Proceeds from the sale will go toward the chapter's Secret Santa program, through which students buy gifts for children in need in the northwest region of the county.

"That's been a signature program here for many, many years. That actually started, oh gosh, 20 or so years ago," he said. "The students love it because they get to go out, they know they're helping these kids. And I think it's good because they're able to give back."


Fitting rooms will be available at the sale for students to try on dresses. Also available April 9 will be tuxedo rental for FSK students offered through M.Stein and Company, in Woodbine. Students will be able to get fitted for tuxedos for rent, with 20 percent of the rental cost going toward the Secret Santa program.

"And then what they will do they will deliver them to the school on the Friday before prom [May 14] and the kids have to have them back by Tuesday after prom," he said.

The tuxedo rental is for FSK students only.

Helping students be able to afford to enjoy their prom is important, Ballard said.

"I think there's a need for it. Some of these dresses get expensive and I just think everybody today — families are stretched for money in so many directions … and if we can offer a lower cost option I think that's a wonderful thing to do."

For more information, contact Ballard at


Fire company dinner

The New Windsor fire company auxiliary is sponsoring a fried chicken or fried shrimp platter meal from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 9 at the fire hall, at 101 High St.

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The menu includes fried chicken or fried shrimp, homemade potato salad and cole slaw, rolls, dessert and a beverage. The cost is $10 per platter to be paid at the door. It is a sit-down dinner, but platters can be prepared to go. For more information, call 410-775-7402.

Shrimp/chicken feed

The men's auxiliary of the VFW, Monocacy Valley Memorial Post 6918, will host an all you can eat shrimp and chicken feed on Saturday, April 16.

The event will be held in the post's social hall, at 5801 Conover Road in Harney, from 1 to 4 p.m. Guests can look for extra-large Chesapeake Bay steamed shrimp, along with kettle fried chicken. Side dishes and desserts will be served, as well as draft beer, soda and bottled water.


While you eat, you can also take part in games of chance.

Tickets are $25 each and must be obtained at the post by Tuesday, April 26, unless other arrangements are made. For more information or to make arrangements to obtain tickets, call the post at 410-756-6866 or Bret Six at 443-289-0717.

Elaina Clarke is the editor of the Neighborhoods section and can be reached via email at