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Girls' prom wishes granted with $5 gowns

March 7, 2009 3:29:42 PM PST
The line began forming around 6 o'clock this morning at the Cheltenham Square mall. Hundreds of high-school juniors and seniors with financial need, anxious to take advantage of a fabulous deal.

In the middle of the mall, 5,000 prom gowns -- many that originally sold for hundreds of dollars -- on sale for just $5 each.

Marqueta King of Upper Darby High School said she was looking for a gown in emerald green, her favorite color.

Lauren Smith of Bodine High School didn't have a color in mind, but wanted something "flowy-like" that would be good to dance in.

The annual sale is the brainchild of Joyce Jesko, founder of Fairy Godmothers, Inc.

The organization collects the gown donations and will run the sale tomorrow and on Saturdays throughout the month of March.

As the girls tried on dress after dress, moms, aunts, grandmoms, sisters and friends watched the glamorous transformations and shared opinions and advice.

Marqueta's mom, Carolyn King, advised her to choose a bronze gown that reminded her of something Halle Berry would wear.

She said the savings on the dress were a blessing, because she's saving money for Marqueta's college education.

In the end, Marqueta did choose the bronze gown, along with an evening bag and makeup. And after paying, was able to give her mom change from a $20 bill.

For more information about the Prom Fair at the Cheltenham Square Mall, click here.

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