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Teen organizes free prom dress event

Ashleigh Arntson with the three dresses donated by Bella Rose Bridal for "If the Dress Fits," a free prom dress event on March 13. (Photo submitted)

For many, the hardest part of attending the prom is finding the right dress. But given that most prom dresses range from $100 to $400, the expense can make a difficult process even more exasperating. One Esko teen has made an effort to help her fellow high school girls find free prom dresses.

"Prom was one of those things I always looked forward to. When I was a little girl, I couldn't wait to grow up and go to prom in a beautiful dress," Ashleigh Arntson said.

Last spring, Arntson and her mother, Amy, came up with the idea of holding a prom dress drive. She started with six dresses she collected from her friends. As word of her project spread through social media, Arntson began getting more and more dress donations. She now has 120 gently used prom dresses for the upcoming event on March 13 at Bella Rose Bridal. The event is open to any high school teen in the area. No proof of financial need is required.

"I don't want anyone to miss out on the prom experience just because they can't afford a dress," Arntson said.

If you go

What: If the Dress Fits

When: Sunday, March 13

Where: Bella Rose Bridal, 1709 Mall Dr. near Miller Hill Mall

Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. or whenever dresses run out

Who: high school teens

One dress per teen, who needs to be present. Many dresses are displayed on the Facebook site, facebook.com/ifthedressfits101. More detailed information will be posted on the Facebook page closer to the date.

Teri Cadeau

Teri Cadeau is a reporter for the Budgeteer.

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