Get out those red dresses

Wig Bank Red Dress Dance gala takes place Saturday, Feb. 9 at Cedar Rock Country Club
Jan. 16, 2013 @ 08:15 AM

If you like to dance, dine, and celebrate with loved ones, then get those red dresses out of the closets and circle Saturday, Feb. 9 on your calendars.

The Wig Bank of Caldwell County will hold its third annual Red Dress Dance that night at 6 p.m. at Cedar Rock Country Club.

Seating is limited and tickets are expected to sell out prior to the event, so interested participants are encouraged to purchase tickets as soon as possible.

The Red Dress Dance features dinner, dancing, live entertainment and an auction during which attendees can bid on themed prize packages.  The evening is always planned near Valentine’s Day -- when many are looking for a new way to celebrate with loved ones, event co-chair Angie Rash said.

“This offers a chance do something special,” said Rash, who co-chairs the event with News-Topic Publisher Terese Almquist.

The event also serves as a major source of funding for the Wig Bank, a Caldwell County nonprofit which provides wigs, support and a safe, hopeful environment for Caldwell County residents affected by cancer. The Wig Bank is entirely volunteer-run and gathers the bulk of its funds through two annual fundraisers: October’s Monster Mash and the Red Dress Dance.

The majority of funds raised at each event are directed toward client services at the Wig Bank -- and those services are diverse. In addition to providing wigs to cancer patients (more than $6,000 worth from October to December last year), the organization provides general support and comfort for clients and their families. That support might take the form of a Wal-Mart gift card or a gas card, Rash said -- whatever helps see the family through.

Through that combination of services, the Wig Bank has become a “safe place,” Rash said. It provides a place in the community where the fears, questions and uncertainties of a battle against cancer can be temporarily silenced.

“We never know what’s going to happen to us and we never know when we’re going to need that help and support,” Rash said. “It’s just nice to know it’s there.”

Those who attended last year’s Red Dress had good things to report, Rash said -- although not everyone wore the titular red dress.

“There was some black and cream scattered throughout the room,” Rash said. “If you can’t find the red dress that you absolutely love, you should still come. We just hope everybody can come out and have a good time with their friends and the ones they love.”

Tickets to this year’s dance are roughly $50 per couple: $400 for a table of eight in the fireplace room or $500 for a table of eight in the main room.

To purchase tickets, community members can contact any board member or visit the News-Topic, Bold and Beautiful Salon, or Foothills Temporary Employment in Hudson.

For more information, contact Rash at jar824@charter.net.