Be Cinderella for a day and try on as many dresses as you would like.
Let Belle of the Ball program manager Holly Kelley be your personal shopper and hand you dress after dress, until you find the perfect one; or maybe the perfect two.
The Belle of the Ball is a special occasion dress loan program, currently with about 400 dresses, made available to any military member, DoD, spouse or family member with Hill Air Force Base access and the proper identification.
Dresses are loaned out at no charge to the borrower with the understanding that if the dress is soiled or damaged the borrower will repair and clean it prior to its return.
Anyone interested in borrowing simply needs to call the program manager, Holley Kelley at 850-543-7702, to set up their appointment. Evening appointments are preferable so she can spend time with each person, viewing the dresses, fitting them, selecting and accessorizing.
Once the selection is made a simple form is completed containing contact information and the description of the items loaned.
Dresses can be reserved two weeks in advance to put a gal's mind at ease that the mission has been accomplished. There is no expense and the dress reservation ticket can be taken to Country Cleaners in Layton to receive a reduced price on dry cleaning at $2 for each piece.
"We really appreciate all formal and semi-formal donations," Kelley said. "Even monetary donations are greatly appreciated and are for dry cleaning, mending of donated items and small purchases such as hangers and safety pins."
All donations may be left at the Airman and Family Readiness Center front desk and marked for Belle of the Ball.
Col. Kathryn Kolbe, 75th Air Base Wing (ABW) Vice Commander and Staci Long, 388th Fighter Wing Commander's spouse created a lovely place with fitting rooms and space to allow the dresses to be beautifully displayed and arranged by size, color and formal and semi-formal.
"We also have a few wedding dresses, a couple of tuxes and lots of shoes," Kelley said.