“Dress for Less” event helps local teens find affordable prom dresses

March 2, 2012 by  

Prom night can be one of the most exciting and memorable events of the high school experience. For girls, finding the perfect prom dress can be nearly as fun and important as the event itself. Prom dresses aren’t cheap and this can be a problem for teen girls who come from families with limited means or those who simply can’t justify spending hundreds of dollars for a dress that will probably be worn only once.

Loads of affordable dresses will soon be available to Enfield teens. The Enfield Congregational Church will turn its fellowship hall into a makeshift boutique tomorrow, Saturday March 3. The space will be filled with nearly 300 donated gently used or brand new prom gowns. Gowns will be sold at a fraction of their original price.

Patti Magnuson, organizer of the second annual “Dress for Less” event, says she came up with the idea while listening to her daughters friends talk about the high cost of prom gowns. Magnuson said she felt driven to help teens enjoy the special night without breaking the bank.

Prom gowns, which can cost hundreds of dollars new will sell for $27 each. The dresses will come in a wide variety of colors, styles, fabrics and sizes. The gown price include a voucher for a boutonniere from Enfield Florist, the Growth Co. along with a $20 dry cleaning voucher from E-J Cleaners. Business card printing might come in handy for participating local businesses that choose to include a business card with their vouchers. Prom dresses will on display for sale at the church from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.