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You’ve got a date to the big dance - but what about the dress?
For many teens, the ritual of prom is the highlight of high school. But it can be expensive. USA Today reports that the average cost per family for prom in 2012 was $1,078. The dress cost is a large percentage of that estimate. A Seventeen magazine poll found that 94 percent of girls planned to spend about $231 on a prom dress. But when you’re on a budget, what’s a girl to do?
The Prom Dress Exchange was founded to provide fashionable formalwear to high school students at a reasonable cost. The local 501(c)3 non-profit corporation hosts an annual event at which teens from the Denver area and beyond can shop for
the dress or suitof their dreams from thousands of gently-used items.
"We collect donations from individuals, schools, and other organizations all year long to provide our clients with today's
fashion for prom night. Whether a teen's style is elegant, cool, cute, hot, sweet, or glam, he or she will find a look they'll love," said Laura Bauer, president of The Prom Dress Exchange Corporation. "We have a range of formals from minis to ball gowns, shoes, hair accessories, jewelry, and bags for girls.
Guys can choose from suits, jackets, pants, shirts, belts, ties, and shoes."
Event attendees must present a valid student ID to be admitted. A $10 donation or an outfit to exchange will provide an outfit, accessories, and shoes. Those unable to donate won’t be turned away – the goal of the event is to ensure every teen can attend their big day in style.
“Attending prom can be an expensive proposition in today’s economy,” said Bauer. “Thanks to the generosity of donors, we are able to help defray the cost of prom and really make a teen’s day. For example, last year we were able to help a girl – the day of her prom – find a perfectly fitted gown.”
Third Annual Prom Dress Exchange
The 3rd annual Prom Dress Exchange was held on Saturday, March 16, 2013, at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. With a valid student ID and a suggested $10 donation, over 328 teens chose from 1,356 donated dresses and formalwear that lined a long hallway at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.