Junior Leage offering cheap options for prom dresses this weekend

prom closet one copyBy: Taylor Hylton

Girls at CF are getting a beautiful deal, and it is called “Prom’s Closet.”

Prom’s Closet is an event where girls donate prom dresses, shoes and accessories at locations. The group of prom items are then sold for $10 per dress, $3 per pair of shoes and $1 for all accessories. The items are gently used.

However, junior Makayla Carpenter warns that “You have to get there super early to actually get the good dresses.”

The event will be held on Friday, Feb. 27 from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 28 from 10 a.m.-3p.m.

The event is held by the Junior League of Waterloo-Cedar Falls. It is their fifth year of hosting the event.

For 2014’s Prom Closet, the net profit was nearly $2,000 and they collected 255 dresses. “Last year we sold 170 dresses. Our goal is to sell 250 this year. The variety of dresses can not only be used for prom but also for homecoming or other various ‘formal’ nights throughout the year,” Junior League correspondent Nicole Mathews said.

The Junior League is “committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.  Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.”

They held two fundraising events in 2014: “Touch a Truck” and “Charity Ball.”  One event is currently in progress. “Yolo Yes (Youth Empowerment Series) is a four-part series done at the Bunger Middle School.  There are 20 students that are coming once a month to learn life-skills in a fun environment,” Mathews said.

The organization has been alive for 75 years. They have spent over a million dollars and have involved many volunteers in a wide-range of projects.

Proceeds from the Prom’s Closet event benefit local charities through the Junior League of Waterloo-Cedar Falls. It is sponsored by Bravo, Milroy’s Tuxedos and Formal Wear, Q92.3 and Crossroads Mall.

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