Education Matters: Annual Prom Dress Giveaway

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KJCT)-- Prom -- It’s a highlight of high school. And there might just be one thing worse than not getting asked...getting asked and not being able to afford a dress.

“I had two daughters, so I know how expensive it is. When they were teenagers, it was insane,” said Cheryl Whitehurst, organizer of the Annual Prom Dress Giveaway.

Pick one out for free, not buy one.

“That's our point,” said Carla Purcella, Co-organizers of the Annual Prom Dress Giveaway.

There won’t be any financial requirements, or questionnaires. Purcella and Whitehurst say they just want high school students to be able to just show up, and have fun picking out a dress.

From head to toe, these gals pretty much have you covered.

“I just call it the rolling collection, people donate and then the girls come and get one,” said Whitehurst.

They have gathered dresses of all sizes, shapes and colors; all donated. The organizers said there isn’t a dollar exchanged anywhere. They’ve even secured donations for discounted dry cleaning.

“And then we get donated services such as hair and nails,” said Purcella.

“While it might not look so glamorous right now, there is more than a thousand dresses in this storage locker. And they'll be available to anyone who wants to come get one this weekend,” said Melinda Bolton, Reporter.

“We want the girls to feel like a princess for a day,” said Whitehurst.
“Every girl should get to feel like a princess,” said Purcella.

The Annual Prom Dress Giveaway is this weekend at the Elks Lodge in Downtown Grand Junction at 249 South 4th Street.
Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 3 p.m.

The organizers said they don't care who you are or where you drive in from; the dresses are free to any high school student who wants one.

And if you have an old dress, especially a plus sized dress gathering dust in your closet, they'd be glad to accept your donation. Those are the dresses they have the least of and they go the fastest.

Whitehurst said there will be plenty of dresses to choose from though; they had more than a thousand hanging last year, and only three hundred were chosen.

There will also be a raffle for hair services.

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