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If a Plymouth High School girl attends every available formal dance, it could mean purchasing six formal gowns before she graduates.
Not only is this cost out of reach for many, it is also impractical for a young woman to own and store so many dresses she will likely wear just once.
Plymouthâ€™s Beta Delta chapter of the local womenâ€™s philanthropic organization, Tri Kappa, has a solution: The second annual Promen-ade To Prom â€” a chance to recycle or buy a gently used dress for just $10.
Co-chairwoman of the promenade Samantha Mur-ray said, â€śItâ€™s a good way to give back to the community especially with the economy the way it is.â€ť
Murray said she remembers one of the 50 girls who found a dress at the 2010 event nearly breaking into tears when she saw herself in the mirror â€” she knew she had found â€śtheâ€ť dress.
â€śMost girls want to be a princess for the night when it comes to their prom â€” especially their senior year. They want everything to be perfect and if you canâ€™t afford the sometimes $200 or $300 it takes this really helps,â€ť she said.
Tri Kappa is beginning now to collect gently used dresses that may be hanging in the closet. Last year, 100 dresses of all sizes, colors and styles were accepted and available for girls to take home, Murray said.
To make this service a success again this year, Tri Kappa is asking for dress donations from now until February to Fernbaughâ€™s Fine Diamonds and Jewelry in downtown Plymouth, as well as to Argos, Culver and Triton high schools.
Dresses may be dropped off at any of those locations, Murray said.
â€śWe told anyone in Marshall County they could come get a dress,â€ť she said.
Plus, girls who donate a dress now or the night of the event will receive a voucher for a free dress.
The giveaway will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Feb. 25 at the LifePlex gymnasium. It will include door prizes and free dance lessons from 5 to 6 p.m. to attendees and their dates sponsored by LifePlex Dance Academyâ€™s director Mewsette Cartwright.
Businesses who wish to sponsor the event may do so with a $25 donation or a gift certificates to enhance the prom experience and make it less costly. Examples include coupons for florists, restaurants, or hair salons.
Further, donations may be dropped off at Fernbaughâ€™s or mailed to: Tri Kappa. P.O. Box 325 Plymouth, IN 46563. Checks may be made to Tri Kappa with Promenade to Prom in the memo. â€śWe just want prom to be special for every girl,â€ť Murray said.