Ultra Chic Boutique Benefits Lydia House

By Bryonna Johnson

Max I. Walker held its 9th Annual Ultra Chic Boutique at the Ramada Plaza Inn on 72 and Grover streets. Every year, prom and wedding dresses are donated and sold for $30 each. All proceeds are donated to the Open Door Mission’s Lydia House.

Within the last 8 years, Max I. Walker’s Ultra Chic Boutique raised $97,800 for the Lydia House. Isn’t that incredible?  This event is a big hit and every year the crowd increases.

Before the doors even opened, Trent and I were selling $1 raffle tickets to win prizes. During the event, I sold raffle tickets from 8 a.m. to noon. The line wrapped around the entire lobby. Some customers had been there since 7 a.m.

Six different raffle prize packages being drawn every hour. Prizes included t-shirts, gift cards, Omaha Fashion Week tickets and so much more.  Various upscale gowns were raffled in addition to one of Mrs. Nebraska’s gowns. During my shift I would estimate that we easily made over $300 in raffle sales.

I was so impressed with the entire event. Max I Walker’s Ultra Chic Boutique was very fun to work and I am so happy I was a part of such a wonder event that benefits a great cause.  I plan to volunteer at this event every year because I had such a great time and I loved contributing my time to such a great cause.

Dresses sold through raffle tickets were displayed on mannequins.
Dresses sold through raffle tickets were displayed on mannequins.
A speaker moderated the raffles and modeled dresses throughout the event.
A speaker moderated the raffles and modeled dresses throughout the event.
President Trent Ostrom and Communications Director Bryonna Johnson volunteered during the morning shift.
President Trent Ostrom and Communications Director Bryonna Johnson volunteered during the morning shift.