Gowns for Your Day event gives free prom dresses

MARIETTA OH, (WTAP)- There are very few days of our lives that we know we will remember forever.

One Marietta group turned the Washington County Career Center into a boutique for a day to prepare high school girls for one of those days.

“I’ve been waiting for prom since I was like five. I’m really excited to finally be old enough to go; on top of that not having to worry about spending half a mortgage on going to prom,” says Ana Collins, a Parkersburg High School junior.

With over 700 dresses to choose from, over 75 girls attended the Gowns for Your Day event that offered free prom dresses and accessories to high school girls. The dresses were donated from members of the community and local businesses.

“I think this event is really good for those who don’t have the money to buy a dress, myself being financially unstable, it’s really a big help to have people like this,” she says.

“It’s just the two of us. So we try to do a lot together, but with me working all the time…it’s the little things. So when she signed up for it, I said ‘let me go to work and I’ll see you after work,” says Andrea Collins, Ana’s mother.

“It’s really a big relief for her and for me too because she works so hard and she for a second didn’t think I’d be able to find a dress and go to prom because prom is expensive. So it’s a really nice bonding experience for us and it’s a really big relief,” Anna mentions.

“You should not feel that your financial situation has to change the direction of what you want to do. Everybody should get the same opportunities as everyone else. It shouldn’t matter how much money your family makes. So the community coming together and making sure that every girl feels just as special as the first wearer of the dress, because I think that’s part of the pass it forward. Somebody enjoyed their moment, and now they’re going to pass it forward,” notes Andrea

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