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Princeton Event Helps Young Women go to Prom Without Spending a Fortune

Posted by wlpo on March 5, 2016

If you’re a parent of a girl you’ve probably thought at least once about the expensive high school rite of passage known as prom.

Where the guys can rent their outfits, girls have to spend up to $600 on a dress, and often they just can’t afford to go. That’s why Amy Thompson founded the PROMise Sale, where women and girls can donate their gently used dresses. They are then sold for $50 or less, and the money is donated to Princeton charities.

Thompson says she’s been asked why she doesn’t sell the dresses for more than $50, and it’s because she feels her first duty is to the girls.

“That’s something that you do when you go to high school: you go to prom,” Thompson says, “And if you don’t have that opportunity… you don’t want them to have regrets or, like a bad feeling about it.”

The sale is Saturday from 9:00 until 1:00 at the First United Methodist Church of Princeton. In four years the PROMise sale has raised nearly $6,500 dollars. This year’s proceeds will go to the Bureau County Food Pantry and the church’s “Mission Possible Kids” program.

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