Prom 2012: Looking Beautiful on a Budget

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It was a chance to save money and still look good for prom.

Two events were held in the North Country Saturday to help high school girls get ready for prom without breaking the bank.

In Adams, The "Princess Project" gave out donated dresses for free.

"I, myself, had a couple of dresses that had been hanging around for 10 years. I just decided I'm not going to wear them. So, what better time then to start this," said Alison Spooner, a "Princess Project" participant.

In it's fourth year, organizers say it's been a success.

"So Far, I think we've given away about 180 dresses. Some of them have gone to schools for musicals, but mostly they've gone to girls for prom," adds Spooner.

"It's just a really great program and I really appreciate it and I know that it helps those who come here for the dresses," Laura Mowers one of the young women picking out a dress.

People 7 News spoke to say they use the program for the selection of dresses offered and because of the help they get in finding the perfect gown.

"They are willing to help the girls try on the dresses, tell them how to adjust the dresses," adds Mowers.

In Watertown, the Impossible Dream thrift store opened it's doors for "Cinderella's Closet," offering dresses at inexpensive prices.

"Dresses are very expensive and with the way the economy is, at this point, we're just trying to do the best we can to help girls be able to go to prom and have a good time and look beautiful"  says organizer Melinda Scanlon.

And it wasn't just dresses on sale. Cinderella's Closet also offers shoes, purses, and earrings.

"Just about anything you could wear to prom that would make you look nice," adds Scanlon.

Organizers tell us with the way the economy is going, events like today's in Adams and Watertown could become as popular as the prom itself.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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