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Prom-goers invited to 'Pay Less for the Dress' April 7

Published: Friday, March 15, 2013 12:52 p.m. CDT
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York fashion merchandising student Rebecca Monaco models one of the types of dresses available at "Pay Less for the Dress" from noon to 3 p.m. April 7.

ELMHURST — The York Community High School Parent Teacher Student Association invites students you to "Pay Less for the Dress" at the second-annual prom dress and accessory giveaway from noon to 3 p.m. April 7 at the York High School Commons.

Girls ages 13 to 18 can select from more than 400 new and gently-used dresses in a variety of styles and sizes. Dress shoes, handbags and other accessories are in stock to finish the look. Dresses are free, but limited to one dress per customer.

Discount coupons also are available from area merchants Dulles Cleaning Co., J’s Tailoring, Merle Norman Studio 46 and Topiary Floral Designs.

"We easily have more than $40,000 worth of dresses available to make sure everyone has a chance to look their best for prom or even for graduation, homecoming or family weddings and other dressy occasions,” said Barb Deane, committee chairwoman for the event.

Deane’s daughter, Miranda, a senior at York, invested more than 150 hours planning last year’s event as part of her quest for the Girl Scouts Gold Award. York freshman Jack Rodgers built 15 clothes racks to hold all the dresses as his Boy Scouts Eagle Scout award project.

The group is still accepting gently-used long and short party dresses from homecomings, proms, graduations, weddings or other dressy events. Dress shoes or handbags are welcome, too.

Cash donations also are accepted to help fund the purchase of dresses in less-common sizes.

Donations are accepted at the York Attendance Office; Mindy's Classic Finds, 107 E. Vallette St.; and 304 N. Addison Ave. in Elmhurst.

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