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PAXTON — A Paxton woman is asking people to donate their used prom dresses so they can be rented or sold at a low cost to local teenagers who might otherwise not be able to afford them.
The prom-dress collection drive is being organized by Debbie Kafer. It will culminate with the Paxton Prom Dress Event, scheduled for Saturday, March 2, from 2-4 p.m. at the Paxton Market Street Theatre, 120 N. Market St.
At the event, all the prom dresses donated will be available for purchase or rental. Fitting rooms will be set up so the dresses can be tried on.
“We’re going to rent prom dresses for $25 for overnight prom, and there’s also going to be a tag that’s going to give you a purchase price in case the girls fall in love with the dress and they want to take it home and keep it,” Kafer said.
There will be a $3 admission fee to help cover the cost of renting the theater for the event, although the fee will be waived for anyone who donates a prom dress.
Also, anyone who donates a dress will be given the choice of renting another one free of charge or receiving a gift certificate for a free half-hour massage from Kafer, a licensed massage therapist.
Desserts will be served at the event. The desserts will be made by Kafer’s sister, Deanna Shane, owner of Creations by De.
To donate a dress in advance of the event, drop off the dress at Kafer’s home at 6 Dawn Avenue in Paxton or call her at 778-9528.
“The main purpose of this event is just to get dresses in the hands of girls who don’t have $200 to spend at M2 on dressses,” Kafer said. “It’s basically to help out.”