Making prom dreams come true

March 7, 2008 2:58:33 PM PST
Brand new sequin gowns that would sell for hundreds will be on sale for just 5 bucks tomorrow, along with thousands of donated gowns at Fairy Godmother's Incorporated. Joyce Jesko founded the non profit organization 8 years ago to give girls with financial hardships a chance to go to their prom. "I like to be there to see all of the girls smiling. I found my gown I found shoes it all matches it's... everyone's crying... it's a wonderful feeling," explains Jesko.

Arlette Stansbury says her mom doesn't really have the money to buy her and her cousin their prom dresses. Tomorrow she'll jump at the chance for a 5 dollar bargain! She says, "Because it's prom, especially senior year. It's like prom tops it all."

Some gowns still have the tags and are donated by dress shops, others are gently used. Elizabeth Pease organized a drive at Villa Maria Academy and collected 32 prom gowns!

"I think it's very important for every girl to experience prom the way it's suppose to be experienced with the dress and every highlight of high school," said Pease.

Here's how it works. The big prom fair is tomorrow from 10 to 6pm at center of the Cheltenham Square Mall. It's only open to juniors and seniors with school ID and family hardships. After tomorrow, school officials can organize a private sale during the week for students they know can't afford a prom dress. The fairy godmother's shop will be open inside the Cheltenham Mall through the end of March by appointment only.

Even fairygodothers need a little help. If you'd like to make a donation they could certainly use it. Or if you need more information on how to shop at the sale, just go to Fairy Godmothers Inc. www.mypromdress.org, or call Joyce Jesko at 215-675-9391.


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