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Group offers local high school girls free prom dresses

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Dresses were hung up nicely at the monument mall awaiting new homes.

PROMise hosted an event called ‘the dresstacular' today.

High school aged girls were welcomed to pick out a dress—free of charge.

Dresses and shoes were donated, as well as the location space in Monument Mall.

Girls were encouraged to bring in old dresses to donate, or trade in.

The event was open to anyone in high school, however organizer Julie Clough says it was most important to eliminate an extra cost for those who could not afford it.

 "I've gotten a lot of messages from people who say, ‘I can't go. I couldn't afford it. My parents couldn't afford a dress.' Prom is a right of passage," says Clough. Everybody should be able to go and that's our goal is to be sure that everyone gets to go. If they want to go, I don't want the dress to hold them back. They can have these and go and have fun."

Many high school girls stood in line well before the doors opened to find a dress that they liked.

Banner County high school student Sara Taggart says she knew what she was looking for when she came, and she was glad that she did.

"There's no point in buying a dress that is that much money and just leaving it in your closet forever," says Taggart. "and you're never gonna wear it again, so this is probably really good for girls who can't afford prom dresses."

Clough says it is ultimately all about having fun on your big night and PROMise was glad to help make that night special for some girls.

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