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Junior Welfare Leagues Belle of the Ball
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Pictured is the 2012-2013 Junior Welfare League Provisional class. From left to right: Christy Price, Laci McCafferty, Stephanie Hudson, Arin Hill, Jessica Gaskins, Linda Dabney, Kara Clyburn, Amanda Capell. Not pictured: Nikki Crooks.

The Camden Junior Welfare League’s 2012-2013 Provisional Class produced a successful and record Belle of the Ball event on February 23.

The Belle of the Ball project made its debut with the League’s 2004 Provisional Class, and has grown in participants and donations each year, reaching 44 girls in 2012.

This year’s event benefited 57 underprivileged young ladies from three local Kershaw County high schools. Guidance counselors from Camden, Lugoff-Elgin and North Central high schools selected this year’s participants and issued invitations to the event.

The young ladies were given the opportunity to experience a fairy tale prom thanks to generous donations from residents and local businesses of Kershaw County.

Donations included formal evening gowns, shoes, accessories, and giveaways for the students’ special prom night.

City Laundry & Cleaners Inc. opened all three of its Kershaw County locations for donation drop-offs, and cleaned all dresses free of charge.

Allure Salon and Day Spa also accepted donations for the event at its location and donated hairstyles.

Donations were received from Beauty by A. Hill & Co., Camden Floral, Carolyn’s Nail Salon, Chili’s Grill & Bar, Electric Sun, Evelyn’s Bridal & Formal Wear, Fatz Café, the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County, Fran’s Alteration Shoppe, La Fiesta Mexican Restaurant, Lasting Impressions Hair Studio, Legrand Institute of Cosmetology, Lissa B’s Memories, and Lugoff Flowers & Interior Gardens.

Donations were also received from Mulberry Market Bake Shop, New Dimensions, Old Armory Steak & Seafood, Olive Garden, Roxie Hart Spa & Salon, Salon Bella, Salud Mexican Kitchen, Sam Kendall’s, Spitzer’s Florist, The Hair Shack, Travis’ Salon Upstairs, Two Sisters Flowers & Gifts, Victorian Expressions, and Wanda’s Alterations & Boutique.

The League held its Provisional Class Pinning Ceremony on Monday, March 4 following the completion of the Belle of the Ball class project. Nine Provisionals were pinned as official members of the League this year.

"I am so proud of the commitment and leadership our Provisionals have shown throughout this year," said Joi Brunson, president.

"It is an honor to be part of this group of ladies who devote their time to improving the lives of the children of our County. Without the dedication of our members, we would not be able to accomplish community service projects such as Belle of the Ball, or award our grants and scholarships."

To learn more about how you can be a part of the Camden Junior Welfare League, please send an email to: provisionals@camdenleague.org. You can "like" the League on Facebook, and visit them at www.camdenleague.org to stay up to date on League activities.