18-year-old Courtney Barich of British Columbia, Canada turned her mother’s advice into thousands of dollars in donations for the Saint Martin de Porres Orphanage in Manila. After finding her perfect prom dress (with the imperfect price tag of $700) at a local boutique, Barich said she felt selfish for how much it would cost.
So, she abandoned her idea of the perfect dress and created a website where she pledged to “give up the glitz and glam of a beautiful grad dress and wear a burlap dress instead” for the purpose of raising $10,000 in much-needed donations to help the Manila orphanage, which she’d be visiting on an upcoming school mission trip.
Not only did she manage to raise $7,500 towards her goal, but she also surprised everyone by showing up to the dance looking like this:
Designer Suman Faulkner of Lata Design volunteered two weeks of her time to design and create the burlap gown for Courtney and her cause. “I loved it. It was better than I thought it was going to turn out. The overwhelming support has been so great,” said Barich
Courtney is continuing her efforts to raise more money for the orphanage before she returns to Manila in September for more volunteer work. You can donate to the cause on her website here: http://www.courtneysburlapgrad.ca/index.php/home-3