Prom Dress Giveaway

By: Chris Sutter Email
By: Chris Sutter Email

It's just another day of English class for Tonea Brown, but English is far from her mind. Instead, she's trying to figure out a way to go to her senior prom.

"Money is kind of tight for me, and tickets are kind of expensive," Brown says.

But tickets are nothing compared to the price of a prom dress.

"They range from 600 to 200 dollars," Brown explains.

Money that she and her parents just can't afford.

That's where "Cinderella's Closet" comes in-- a project that is a month in the making. 97.5 NOW-FM asked for folks in the community to bring in old prom dresses for Baryames Cleaners to clean, and the cool thing about this prom dress drive is that any girl in need can come in on Saturday and choose from five-hundred dresses.

The dress is free and just what the doctor ordered in the midst of this recession.

"If we're providing a prom dress, maybe they can save a little bit of money, and maybe they'll be able to go out to dinner and still drive the economy on prom night," Organizer Lisa Nilan says.

The dresses come in all sizes and styles so chances are if you show up you'll find something you like.

"Strangely enough, they'll put on a dress and it will look like it was made for them and that's the best thing in the world," Nilan tells us.

"This is how to end my school year with a bang, and I want to be prom queen," Brown says.

A dream that wouldn't be possible without a dress and the generosity of this community.

The prom dress drive starts at 10am at the Frandor Shopping Complex, but you might want to consider going early.

Organizers say girls started lining up at 8 am last year. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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